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Counting 'Til the Pigs Come Home

Animals and insects line up to be counted in painted scenes.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Kindergarten
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. At the top of a piece of construction paper, students use Crayola® Washable Watercolors to a paint background scene, such as a farm, garden, or ocean. Leave space at the bottom for a description. Dry.
    2. Students imagine what kinds of creatures live in the setting, such as pigs on a farm, bugs in a garden, and fish in an ocean. On a separate sheet of paper, use Crayola Washable Markers to draw a set of creatures. Cut out each creature with Crayola Scissors.
    3. students count their creatures. Attach them to your dry watercolor scene with a Crayola Washable Glue Stick.
    4. With markers, students describe their scene using words and numerals. Exchange scenes with classmates to count and read each other's work.
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.

    LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.

    MATH: Understand place value.

    SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.

    SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.

    VA: Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    With the help of adults, small groups of students write stories, songs, or poems about their original scenes, incorporating counting as an integral element.

    Encourage students to create a second scene that includes a different number of creatures.

    Organize student artwork for the counting exercise into a class book. Students take turns bringing the book home to share with family members and practice their counting after school hours.

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