Paper Plate Match In this math activity, children will match amounts of dots with the corresponding number. Students will use one-to-one correspondence to count the objects. They will then match the number symbol to the paper plate with the corresponding number of dots.
Math Standard 1: Demonstrates general skills and uses concepts of mathematics. Benchmark 1.1: Demonstrates an understanding of numbers and counting.
Vocabulary: numbers, amount, match
For the following lesson, you will need:
Paper plates with numbers (symbols and words) written on them
Colored dot stickers
Create dot patterns of specific numbers on paper plates (using dice/domino patterns, etc.).
Have students count the dots on the paper plates and match them to the correct number plate. (This task can be made “self-checking” by placing the correct number/dots on the back of the plate.)
Once students match all of the plates correctly, continue the lesson by having the students place the plates in order by rote count.
Modifications for Special Needs Learners:
Provide a basket/box of objects to be counted (small stones, shells, pine cones, etc.) and having students count out the number of objects to be placed on the number plate.
Make the dots out of fabric or textured dots for tactile learners.
Extensions for Gifted Learners:
Give the student number plates with the word only and no symbol.
Ask the student to find two to three combinations of the dot plates that add up to ten.
Suggestions for Parent Engagement:
Parents create simple number flash cards and place them face down on the table.
A quantity of spoons may be placed in front of the child.
The child draws a card, says the number, and counts out the corresponding number of spoons.
We have 10 fingers and 10 toes. There are 10 pennies in a dime, and 10 dimes in a dollar. The metric system of measurement is based on the number 10, as is our system of counting. Needless to say, the number 10 is pretty important in understanding the simplest of concepts.
Knowing what different combinations of digits add up to 10 is the foundation for our base 10 counting system. When a child understands that six plus four equals 10, she will be able to easily understand that 60 plus 40 equals 100, or 600 plus 400 equals 1,000. The first step to building these connections is being able to recognize the digits zero to nine and assigning the correct value to each.
In the video Making Ten, fun good-morning conversations with farm animals show preschool students the values of different digits and how they combine to add up to 10.