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How Many Children Are Wearing Red Today?

Use a School Readiness Activity to provide early mathematical thinking experiences for preschool children that will prepare them to do well in the early grades.
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How Many Children Are Wearing Red Today?

Purpose/Skills

  • To experience the concept of larger quantities
  • To sort children into two groups (those wearing something red and those not)
  • To experience counting more than 4

Materials
Chart paper, marker; I Took My Frog to the Library

Vocabulary
How Many
count
counting
group

Literature Suggestion
Read I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel. Help children count the boys and girls in the library. Ask questions like, "How many children do you see on the cover? How many are going into the library? Do you see more than two children?"

Warm-Up
Have children look for red items in the classroom. Have children help you count the items.

Procedure

  • Invite children to help you count how many children are wearing something red, touching each child who is wearing red on the shoulder. "There are 10 children wearing red today." Write their names on a board or chart.
  • Ask children to identify the children who are not wearing red. Write the names on a board or chart. Help children count the names of the children who are NOT wearing red. "There are three children who are NOT wearing red today. How many children are NOT wearing red?" (3)
  • Have children help you count each list again and decide whether there are more wearing red or not wearing red today.
  • Teacher Tip: Consider doing this activity as part of your routine attendance and calendar activities. Have children take turns leading the counting.
Enrichment
Tell children that you are going to divide the group, or sort the group, into two smaller groups, such as boys and girls or children wearing blue and not wearing blue. Help children count and tell what happens when you divide one group into two groups. (Accept all responses, but help children see that each of the two groups is smaller than the first large group.) Have children help you divide the class into smaller groups.

Observation Assessment

  • Proficient - Child is comfortable with counting larger numbers and is eager to solve problems.
  • In Process - Child participates in counting larger numbers, but does not yet become engaged in problem solving.
  • Not Yet Ready - Child does not yet count to 4 and does not become engaged in problem solving.

Excerpted from

School Readiness Activity Cards
Pearson Early Childhood
Excerpted from School Readiness Activity Cards. The Preschool Activity Cards provide engaging and purposeful experiences that develop language, literacy, and math skills for preschool children.