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Lesson Plans
Counting Flowers
Preschool–Kindergarten
Objectives Objectives
  • Students will count objects using one-to-one correspondence.
  • Students will write numerals from 1 to 20 as an expression of quantity.
Materials Materials Needed Preparation: Before the lesson, print out and cut apart the number cards template. Then print the flowers template and make four copies of the flowers with stems. Color the flowers and cut them out. Next print the vase template and copy it onto heavy cardstock. Cut along the dotted line at the top of the vase so that you can slide the stems through the slit as you add flowers to the vase. If desired, laminate these for repeated use.

Introduction

Introduction

Read Flowers and Showers: A Spring Counting Book by Rebecca Fjelland Davis. Before reading the verse on each page, have students take turns identifying the number that is shown and counting the objects on the page. Then encourage students to listen as you read the verse that relates these objects to spring.

Next teach children this simple counting song (to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”).

  • We love counting,
  • We love counting,
  • One, two, three,
  • Four, five, six!
  • Let’s count all the flowers
  • In the pretty vases.
  • Count with me,
  • Count with me!

Procedure

Procedure

  1. Hold up the vase and explain to students that you would like them to help you count the number of flowers in the vase.
  2. One at a time, add six flowers to the vase. Encourage students to count with you to figure out how many flowers are in the vase. (Be sure to point to each flower as students say the number to demonstrate one-to-one correspondence.) Hold up the 6 number card so students recognize the numeral that corresponds to the number of flowers.
  3. Ask, “What happens if I add two more flowers?” As you add two flowers to the vase, show students how to count forward from six. Say, “Six, seven, eight! There are now eight flowers in the vase!”
  4. Ask, “What happens if I take five flowers away?” One at a time, remove five flowers from the vase and then invite students to count the remaining flowers with you.
  5. Repeat this activity using up to 20 flowers to give students plenty of counting practice!

Guided/Independent Practice

Guided/Independent Practice

  1. Give each student a copy of the Counting Flowers reproducible, the flowers template (the flowers without stems), and the number cards template. Provide students with scissors, glue and crayons.
  2. Encourage students to color as many flowers as they like, then cut them out and glue them above the vase. Have them use a crayon to add stems.
  3. Have students complete the sentence beneath the vase by filling in the blank with the number of flowers they put in the vase.

Conclusion

Conclusion
  1. Ask a few students to share their finished pictures. Have them count the flowers aloud and tell the class how many flowers they have in their vases. To extend the lesson, you may want to invite two students at a time to share their pictures. Then ask the class, “Whose vase has fewer flowers? Whose vase has more flowers? How many more flowers does it have?” Or ask four or five students to come to the front of the room with their completed pictures. After they share the number of flowers in their vases, ask the students to arrange themselves in order from lowest to highest according to the number of flowers.
  2. Display the completed flower pictures on a bulletin board titled “Counting Flowers in Springtime!”

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