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Learning Activity


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In this activity, the teacher will introduce the game "Start-n-Stop" to help students count forward from any given number within a known sequence.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

    Mathematics (2019) Grade(s): KG


    Count to 100 by ones beginning with any given number between 0 and 99.

    Unpacked Content



    • Count


    Students know:
    • how to rote count from 0 to 100 starting with any given number.


    Students are able to:
    • orally count.


    Students understand that:
    • Counting from 0 to 100 is a sequence and you can begin with any number.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Students will orally count beginning with any given number within a known sequence other than the number 1.

    Activity Details

    1. The teacher will place numbers 2-10 in a small bag labeled the Start bag.
    2. The teacher will place numbers 10-100 (or the highest number you have introduced) in a small bag labeled the Stop bag.
    3. The leader of the class, will close their eyes and pick a number from the Start bag to begin counting.
    4. The caboose from the class, will close their eyes and pick a number from the Stop bag.
    5. The students in the class will sit in a large circle and the leader starts orally counting with the number chosen from the Start bag.
    6. Students will orally count around the circle until the number is reached that was pulled out of the Stop bag.
    7. This game can be played multiple times changing up the start and stop number.
    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    The teacher will listen to student responses while students are counting around the circle, making note of the students that are struggling to count consecutively within the known sequence.

    Variation Tips

    Once your students have mastered the lower numbers, you can place numbers all the way to 100 in the Stop bag.

    Once students have mastered counting by ones, you can play this game counting by fives or tens.

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    Make a copy of the number cards from the teacher pay teacher link to cut and laminate for use in the bags.

    Digital Tools / Resources