Matches Numerals to CollectionsWHOLE NUMBERS

Now and Next

Where are they now?

Matches collections, number names and symbols for some numbers in the range 1 to 10

Where to next?

Makes, models, names and records collections to 10


Purpose: While at the single digit stage matching numerals to collections may seem to be just a memory exercise, students will not progress even at this level unless they are encouraged to build an understanding that numbers are about 'amount' or quantity - that they are not just about counting sequence. This idea of quantity is what makes mathematics different to other subjects. When learning reading, knowing a sequence of letters that makes a word is of little use unless the meaning of the word is also understood. So too with mathematics, just stating the name of a number symbol is of little use unless there is an understanding of the quantity indicated by the number. WIth higher numbers, this ability requires a broad understanding of all aspects of whole number including an understanding of the base10 system and place value, counting, magnitude and location.


Activities where students are encouraged to match and compare written numerals with physical models of numbers, helps students to develop a strong conception of number as a quantity, and helps them learn to 'trust the count'.


Linked activitiesLinked Activities

  • download Fetch
  • download Junkbox Inventory
  • download A Picture Book of Numbers


  • download Assessment Points - Matching 2

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Activities and Assessments


download Fetch


Focus: Making a collection and recording a numeral to match a spoken number.

How: See Fetch Activity sheet

download Junkbox Inventory

Junkbox Inventory

Focus: Recording the number of items in different collections. Students need to correctly identify the number of items in each collections through a count, and then correctly write the corresponding numeral to record the number of items.

How: See Junkbox Inventory Sheet

Download Junkbox Inventory sample lists


download A Picture Book of Numbers

A Picture Book of Numbers 

Focus: Making and checking a specific collection of drawn items through counting, and correctly writing the corresponding numeral

How: See A Picture Book of Numbers activity sheet


download Assessment Points - Matching 2

Assessment Points - Matching 2

Activity based indicators that students have achieved the target understandings

Download Assessment Points - Matching 2 sheet


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