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Kinesthetic Lessons for Learning About Counting by Susan Kramer

Contents

1. Counting Backward from Ten (10) Kinesthetic Lesson
2.
Counting by Five (5) Kinesthetic Lesson
3. Counting by Four (4) Kinesthetic Lesson
4. Counting by Three (3) Kinesthetic Lesson
5. Counting by Two (2) Kinesthetic Lesson
6. Counting to Twenty (20) Kinesthetic Lessons


6. Counting to Twenty (20) Kinesthetic Lessons


Here are 2 kinesthetic math lessons made into games for students of all abilities to try their hand at: for learning to count to 20, and what the quantity of 20 looks like.

Age: Preschool through 1st grade and older learning disabled students.

For: Teachers for the benefit of students.

Introduction:
Provide open space across the front of the room for a group of 20 students to stand in a line or hold hands in a circle. A recreation room or outdoors is the most ideal location for the games.

First Game:

1. Gather all your students together. 20 will play and the rest will observe until it's their turn to play.

2. Ask your students to remember the number you will give them.

3. Tap 20 students on the shoulder or point out the students by counting one at a time to 20 and have this group come to the front of the room. The rest of the students watch.

4. Teacher says the numbers one at a time and that student lines up at the head of the line, and so on down the line to 20.

5. Beginning with the first student each say their number in order from 1 to 20.

6. Again, have the students say their numbers in order and have the students that are watching say all the numbers 1 to 20.

Second Game:

1. For more practice with the quantity of 20 go on to this 2nd game: Have the 20 students take hands and form a circle facing center.

2. Now have the students say their number one at a time 1 to 20, and those watching say the numbers also.

3. Still holding hands in the circle tell the students to slide to the right, counterclockwise, in the circle till they come around to their place again.

4. Repeat the sliding to the left, clockwise, again one complete circle till returning to place.

By working with a group of 20 and talking about it over and over the kids get to understand that quantity.

Now bring another group of 20 student up for practice. You can adapt the games to other quantities as you wish.

This game benefits your 3 main kinds of learners: visual, auditory and kinesthetic: The visual learners see the quantity throughout the games; the auditory learners hear the numbers counted; the kinesthetic learners feel the quantity through their participation in the activities.

Article by Susan Kramer



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