Teaching 1st Grade Students How to Count Rationally to 15
This essay will explore how I would teach a group of 10 first grade students to count rationally to 15 assuming that all of them are already able to count rationally to 10. I shall explain how I would ensure that students understand each of the four rational counting principles of one-to-one correspondence, the stable order rule, the order irrelevance rule, and the cardinality rule. I shall present an assessment I would use to evaluate student mastery of rational counting to 15. Finally, I shall discuss how I would adapt my instruction to accommodate English Language Learners (ELL) and students with learning exceptionalities.
Rational counting means students apply all four …show more content…
5) I shall direct students to touch each dot as they say its number to establish one-to-one correspondence.
The Order Irrelevance Rule will be addressed in the following manner:
1) I shall place 15 dots on the white board in a close random pattern.
2) I shall explain to the students that I am going to count the dots on the white board and it does not matter in what order I count them.
3) I shall model counting the dots in a random order following the stable order rule and as I verbally count each dot I shall place a line through it with a marker indicating it has already been counted so as not to count it again following the one-to-one correspondence principle.
4) I shall ask for volunteers to come to the white board and count the dots randomly in the same manner. To make it fun, I shall challenge each student to come up with a different pattern of counting and marking what was counted. (Students may use a line, an X, circle the dot, erase the dot, etc.)
Assessment of student mastery of rational counting to 15, will be accomplished through the use of a worksheet which will be completed with me at the teaching table one-on-one. In this work sheet students will demonstrate their ability to verbally count 15 items presented in a random pattern