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 numeration. 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. For more examples of math centers aligned with the Early Childhood Assessment in Mathematics see the following pages:

**Stage A:** These children are just
beginning to recognize numerals. They may name some numerals from zero
to ten. They do not yet understand the order of these numbers.

Next Steps:

- Recognize all numerals from 0 to 10 and understand the correct order of these numbers

**Stage B:** These children recognize all numerals from zero to ten, and understand the correct order of these numbers.

Next Steps:

- Recognize and compare two-digit numerals.
- Name the number that comes after a two-digit number.

**Stage C:** These children are beginning
to recognize and compare many two-digit numerals. They may confuse
similar ‘sounding’ numbers such as thirty and thirteen. They can tell
the number that comes after a two-digit number.

Next Steps:

- Develop an understanding of the place value of two-digit numbers
- Understand that ten ones are grouped to form one ten
- Order two digit numbers
- Tell the number before a given two-digit number

**POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES**Teen Counting Cup

Teen Match

Teen Puzzles

Tens and Ones with Snap Cubes

Make Ten Bundles

Number Grid Puzzles

Make Ten Bundles

**Stage D:** These children are beginning to
understand the place value of a two-digit number. They understand that
ten ones are grouped to form one ten. They can order two-digit numbers,
and can tell the number before a given two-digit number.

Next Steps:

- Recognize three-digit numerals
- Demonstrate developing understanding of the place value of three-digit numbers
- Compare and order numbers to 999

**Stage E:** These children are able to
recognize three-digit numerals. They have a growing understanding of the
place value of three-digit numbers. They can compare and order numbers
to 999.

Next Steps:

- Recognize and order numerals beyond 1000
- Demonstrate secure understanding of place value.

**Stage F:** These children can recognize and order numerals beyond 1000. They demonstrate a solid understanding of place value.

**POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES**