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Numbers are everywhere!! Turn a stroll around the neighborhood at night into a counting extravaganza with Crayola® Gel Markers and black paper.
Read selected parts of The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka aloud. Talk about what it would be like to see numbers and counting everywhere. Ask if anyone has ever felt that way about counting.
Assign an evening walk with an adult (a walk at night limits possibilities and makes it easier, with less to count) and review all the things that one might see as one walks: things in nature, things made by humans, etc. Come up with some categories, both broad and narrow to stimulate observation. Ask the students to record the numbers for their visual illustration of the walk.
On a piece of black construction paper, encourage the students to represent the things that they saw on their walk in a correct number count and a visually pleasing way, such as using Crayola® Gel Markers. Discuss how one might depict something that can’t be easily counted like the stars or blades of grass.
Display the pictures. As a class, begin to tabulate the numbers in different ways in different categories. Put the categories into number sequences.
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