Counting Centers



This page provides examples of math center activities aligned with the Early Childhood Assessment in Mathematics (Board of Education of the City of New York, 2001; State Education Department) continuum for counting. These activities can be used by teachers or parents to support students' progress within a stage, or to promote movement to the next stage, on the continuum. For more information on using these centers in your classroom see the ECAM Centers page. 

Stage A: These children are just beginning to learn the ‘counting by ones’ sequence. They can recite small sections of the counting sequence. When counting objects, they are just beginning to coordinate one object with each number name.
Next Steps:
- Recite the counting sequence beyond ten
- Coordinate counting objects with number names to at    
   least ten
- Use materials to show a given number less than ten
POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES
Five Frame Flash
Five Frame Match
Five Frame Numeral Match
Five Frame Concentration
Playdough Numbers
My Counting Book
Counting Rhymes

Stage B: These children are confident counting to ten. They can recite the counting sequence beyond ten, coordinate counting objects with number names to at least ten and can use materials to show a given number less than ten.
Next Steps:
- Develop proficiency in counting objects by ones beyond
  twenty.
- Count aloud to at least thirty.
POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES
Roll and Cover (1-20) 
Counting Cup

Stage C: These children are proficient at counting objects by ones. They know the counting sequence to at least thirty and can coordinate counting objects with number names beyond twenty.
Next Steps:
- Start the counting sequence at numbers other than one.
- Count on by ones.
POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES
Count on Cup                          
Count on Two More  
Count On One (ver. 1)
Count On One (ver. 2)
Count On Two (ver. 1)
           
Missing Number Game           
Cross the Decade                 
Nearby Numbers (ver. 1)

Stage D: These children can mentally manipulate the ‘counting by ones’ sequence. They can start the counting sequence at numbers other than one, and count on by ones.
Next Steps:
- Skip count in various intervals (e.g. twos, fives and tens)
- Count backwards by ones from twenty.
POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES
Skip Counting Paths (Set 1)
Counting Collections

Stage E: These children are beginning to count in various intervals (skip count). They can skip count forward by twos, fives and tens. They can count backward by ones from twenty.
Next Steps:
- Skip count by various numbers
- Count by fives and tens starting at any number
- Count backward by ones from larger numbers
POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES
Skip Counting Patterns
Skip Counting Sequences
Skip Counting Towers
Skip Counting Paths (Set 2)
Skip Counting Paths (Set 3)
Count by Fives (ver. 4)

Stage F: These children are proficient with counting in various intervals. They can skip count by various numbers, and can count by fives and tens starting at any number. They can count backward by ones from larger numbers.
Next Steps:
- Count through and across hundreds
- Use many skip counting sequences
- Count fluently forward and backwards by ones, tens,
   and hundreds in the hundreds, starting at any number
POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES: 
Counting CollectionsRevisit Counting Collections ver. 2 (encourage students to group objects in collection by 3's, 4's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's to further develop skip counting by various numbers)


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