Topic: Counting to 20

Objectives & Outcomes

  • By the end of this lesson, students will be able to count from 1 to 20 and familiarize themselves with the numbers 1-20.


  • 20 flashcards with the numbers 1-20 on them
  • 20 small objects such as buttons, coins, or small pieces of candy
  • A large open space where the students can move around while counting


  • Begin the lesson by asking the students if they can count to 10. Encourage them to use their fingers to count with you. Once they reach 10, congratule them on a job well done and ask them to raise their hand if they can count to 20.

Direct Instruction

  • Once the students have shown that they can count to 20, introduce the numbers 1 through 20 and have the students repeat each number after you. Show the students how to use their fingers to count each number, and encourage them to pay attention to the order of the numbers.

Guided Practice

  • Have the students work in pairs to practice counting together. Give them a set of flashcards with numbers on them, and have them take turns showing a flashcard and counting together.

Independent Practice

  • Have the students create a "counting book." They can either draw or glue pictures of objects onto a piece of paper, and then write the number of the object next to it. They can then go through the book and count the objects in each picture.


  • Review the numbers 1-20 and have the students count to that number and name it.


  • Observe the students during independent practice and provide feedback on their counting skills.

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