Lesson Plan : My Counting Caterpillar

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 Caterpillar counting
 Counting in sets
 To practice counting orally to 100 by 1s, 2s, 5s.
 - Caterpillar face - Numbered circles with pipe cleaner legs - Counting sticks - Rubber bands - Container - Tiny butterflies, hands, and stars pre-cut - One Hundred Hungry Ants. Pinczes, Elinor J. - Celery - Peanut Butter - Raisins PREPARATIONS 1. Make caterpillar face and numbered circles with pipe cleaner legs. 2. Pre-cut designators (tiny butterflies for 2s, hands for 5s, stars for 10s.) 3. Prepare note to parents explaining the requests for 100 objects from home.
 This lesson is part of a daily activity immediately following calendar activities. Students have daily practice with number recognition, number sequencing, counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. Each day a counting stick is added to the counting container. On the tenth day, the sticks are bundled together in a group of ten to provide concrete, visual objects for the concept of counting by tens. On the caterpillar circles, each group of 2s is designated by placing 2 tiny butterflies above the number. A hand (holding up 5 fingers) designates each group of 5s. Each group of tens is designated by a change of color and a star.
 1. Introduce the happy face of the caterpillar. 2. Explain how each day, the number of that school day, will be added to the caterpillar until we have been in school 100 days.
 1. On the 100th day, there will be a celebration. Students will be given a plastic freezer bag and asked to bring in 100 objects from home to share with the class. 2. Read to them One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes. 3. Make Ants on a Log with celery, peanut butter, and raisins. After the 100th day, students will continue to count the caterpillar circles by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s, as part of their morning review after calendar activities. Activity Length: Ten minutes each day. On the 100th day, counting, reading, and snack activities will take the first 90 minutes of that morning (rotating 3 groups.)
Checking For Understanding:
 An ongoing checklist is kept on each student.

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