Fishing is definitely a favorite summertime activity! Kids will just LOVE the colorful fish graphics in these slides! This Fish Theme Counting to 10 Preschool Math Activity is a great way to work on preschool counting! I just love that it is an interactive counting game for preschoolers (or any other young learner)! Students will have the opportunity to practice their mouse skills while counting! This Google Slides activity is so much fun that kids won’t even realize they are learning!
Using this slide show in present mode is a great addition to your lesson plans when young learners are learning to count!
Young children will just love counting the fish and then using the mouse to choose the correct answer. When your youngster gets the correct answer, he she will receive positive reinforcement before being sent onto the next slide.
If a wrong answer is selected, no big deal! Your student will be sent back to the previous slide to make corrections.
These slides offer a great way to practice counting!
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Why is counting important?
Counting and Cardinality are essential to math success in the primary years. In order to continue making good math progress , students need to have a strong number sense. Building number sense requires strong counting skills.
What is number sense?
Number sense is fluidity and flexibility with numbers. Counting and number identification are the first steps necessary to build number sense.
Repetition with counting is essential in helping children become more confident with number skills. We want kids to practice the same skill in different formats so that they become number masters! The more practice the better!
As children continue to practice these slides, you will also see students subitizing. Subitizing is the ability to identify the number in a set without counting each item. This is an important skill in number sense development.
As your students become more proficient with counting you will notice that they may do more subitizing and less counting. Repetition is the key to number mastery!
Using online games and hands on activities are a great way to improve these math skills in the early childhood grades.
How do I use these Google Slides?
Start by making a copy of the slides.
Rename the slideshow so that you can easily find it in your files.
Make sure that the slides are in present mode by clicking present next to the yellow share button on the top right.
Click on the first slide.
Count the number of fish and click on that number.
If the answer is correct, your child will be delighted with the appearance of a treasure chest. Click on the treasure chest to be taken to the next slide.
If the answer is incorrect, a sinking ship will appear. Click the ship and it will return to the previous slide to make corrections. It’s a great way for the students to self correct!
The slides can be completed multiple times. As your student masters counting, he/she will be able to complete the slides with more automaticity.
Slides can be printed and laminated. Your student can use a dry erase marker to circle the correct answer.
The printed slides can also be used as an assessment.
Your student can sequence the slides from least to greatest or greatest to least. Put the numbers in the correct order.
PLEASE NOTE: This download included Google Slides and Seesaw formats. For ease of reading, this post only mentions Google Slides.
What are some other ways to build number sense?
As teachers, we know hands on experiences are essential to mastering new skills.
Here are some suggestions for number activities:
- Group several small items in baggies. Label each baggie with a letter. Create a recording sheet. Have learners count and record how many items are in each bag.
- Provide dry erase boards and markers. Display a picture with several items. Have your student write how many they count.
- Go on a scavenger hunt. Challenge your student to “Find 3 paperclips” or “Find 6 crayons” etc.
- Partner students. Students take turns being the illustrator or the counter. Then, switch roles.
- For more advanced math, have them add two groups of items and come up with a total. Or, have them subtract from the given number.
- For students who need more support, provide a number line that can be referenced when necessary.
- Have your student use a finger or pointer to “jump” along the number line while counting. This will help with number identification as well as counting.
- If necessary, provide number recognition activities. Provide only 3 cards, ask students to show you a specific number. Your student can’t get the answer right if he/she can’t identify numbers! (It’s like putting the horse before the cart.)
- Have fun!