How Many Eggs Are in the Nests?

Purpose/Skills

  • To use manipulatives to show quantities of 1, 2, and 3
  • To count to 3; to see, touch, and say quantities to 3

Materials

Three paper circle bird nests and six paper eggs for each child; Over in the Meadow

Vocabulary

how many     1
2 3
count birds
nest

Literature Suggestion
Read or sing Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats. As you read, help children count the number of babies with each animal mother.

Warm-Up
Help children recall some of the baby animals that were in the rhyme. Tell children that they are going to pretend to be baby birds. Call for 1 baby bird and invite a child to "fly" to a nest (choose a spot in the room). Call for 2 baby birds and invite 2 children to "fly" to a nest. Call for 3 children to "fly" to a nest. Help the group count the birds in the nests. Call for 3, then 2, then 1 bird to fly back.

Procedure

  • Tell children that they are going to play "Eggs in the Nests." Display 3 paper circle birds' nests and 6 paper eggs. Model a see, touch, and say approach to understanding quantity. Take 1 egg in your hand, put it in the first nest, and count 1. Remove the egg and invite a child to select 1 egg, place it in the nest, and count 1. Ask another child to select 2 eggs, place them in the next nest and count 1, 2. Ask a third child to select 3 eggs and place them in the remaining nest and count 1, 2, 3.
  • At tables, help children fill empty bird nests with 1, 2, and 3 eggs, empty the nests, and then refill them. Encourage children to count the eggs aloud as they place them in the nests.

Enrichment

At a math center, display 3 bird nests labeled 1, 2, and 3, with 1, 2, and 3 eggs in them; 3 empty nests labeled 1, 2, and 3; and a variety of eggs. Model placing 1 egg in the nest labeled 1, 2 eggs in the nest labeled 2, and 3 eggs in the nest labeled 3. Have children use the filled nests as models and put the appropriate number of eggs in the empty nests as they count the eggs aloud. Keep this center available for several weeks so children can internalize these number concepts.

Observation Assessment

  • Proficient - Child can easily select and put 1, 2, or 3 eggs in the nests as requested.
  • In Process - Child can sometimes put the right number of eggs in nests, but is not consistently correct.
  • Not Yet Ready - Child does not yet understand quantities of 1, 2, and 3, and does not put 1, 2, or 3 eggs in nests.

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.


If you need to teach it, we have it covered.

Start your free trial to gain instant access to thousands of expertly curated worksheets, activities, and lessons created by educational publishers and teachers.

Start Your Free Trial

Follow us on:

Follow TeacherVision on Facebook
Follow TeacherVision on Google Plus

Highlights

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum! Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event. Happy holidays!

Bullying Prevention Resources
Bullying can cause both physical and emotional harm. Put a stop to classroom bullying, with our bullying prevention resources. Learn how to recognize several forms of bullying and teasing, and discover effective techniques for dealing with and preventing bullying in school.

Conflict Resolution
Teach your students to how resolve conflict amongst themselves without resorting to name-calling, fights, and tattling.

Immigration Resources
Studying immigration brings to light the many interesting and diverse cultures in the world.