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Counting and Critters: Teaching Counting By Using Insects

Engage your little ones by using creepy and cool insects to teach about numbers!
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Counting and Critters: Teaching Counting By Using Insects
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    I love that this book presents numbers in numeric form rather than word form, as children develop number recognition quicker this way. Children count the number of bugs that are sitting on each colored number. Perfect for a fun story time read.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    Flies, fly swatters, and flies in a jar…what students wouldn't love this interactive lesson that teaches counting? Educators will also learn a trick or two about differentiating instruction in this lesson. I found lessons similar to this one especially helpful when it came to teaching students who struggled with math.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    Offers tips on differentiating instruction, along with game ideas for getting students excited about math. For an insect theme, trade the materials in one math game for creepier, crawly bug materials.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    An excellent video that uses a spider to teach children about counting. Also a great way to get children moving while learning about insects and numbers! I've always been a fan of incorporating the arts with other common core subjects; this resource does that beautifully.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    This resource is very useful in that it shows educators why number recognition is so pertinent to a young person's education. The author of this article is one of the few online educators who I've seen hammering down the point of the "self-fulfilling cycle of failure" in math. Children need to be comfortable with numbers early on in order to not fall into this cycle.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    If ever there were any mystery on how exactly primary students are expected to learn a gazillion numbers, this resource clears things up. What's most helpful is that the article gives common examples of things that a young child may encounter and turns those encounters into teachable moments.
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    How to Teach Insects to a Kindergarten Class

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    Kendra Hadnott says:
    Although this article focuses on teaching about bugs, there are invaluable suggestions on how teaching about insects might turn into a math lesson. What's neat about this resource is its emphasis on not dumbing down the vocabulary that you use with the primary grades; a lot of other lesson plans fail in this respect.
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BloomBoard Asks:What other tools have helped you successfully teach your primary grade students about numbers?