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In this lesson, cows and their spots are counted
By – Chelsea Larson
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 1st
- Students will correctly count the number of spots on the cow cutouts.
- They will be able to count the total amount of spots on multiple cows.
- They will correctly write the number of total cows and list them from least to greatest number of spots.
List of Materials Needed:
- Cow worksheet
- Cow cut-outs
- Make a worksheet of pictures of cows with different numbers of spots or use a cow outline and add your own spots to multiple cows. Put a box or blank next to each cow, so students can put the number of spots they counted on the cow into the box.
- If you put the cows on a row, you could include a box at the end of the row for the total number of spots in the row (put spots next to the box) and the total number of cows (put a little cow next to the box) on the row.
- On the bottom of the page, have a big box for total number of cows, and a small series of boxes so they can list the number of spots of their cows from least to greatest.
- Cut out some of the cows from the worksheet to use as an example.
- Make the sound a cow makes while walking to the floor to discuss the assignment. Make a cow noise back to their desks to complete assignment.
- Discuss farm animals and the different types of food a cow can make. Have the kids describe the appearance of a cow (spots).
- 1. Set the cow cutouts up on board.
- 2. Bring all the kids to the floor with mooing.
- 3. Ask them questions about cows and their spots.
- 4. Count one of the cow’s spots with the students.
- 5. Count another cow’s spots and discuss.
- 6. Add the two amounts of spots together and then add the two cows together.
- 7. Explain the assignment and have them return to their desks mooing.
- 8. Hand out the paper with the cows on it and also give them an extra paper just to use as scratch paper.
- 9. Tell them to do the paper independently and when they are finished, turn it in to the basket.
- Ask if it was hard to count and add the spots together.
- Ask if they liked counting two different sets of numbers (cows and spots).
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