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Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

Count the Room Write Away- Numbers 0-10

Subject Area





In this learning activity, students will walk around the room with a partner searching for picture cards of various insects. Once they find one, students will count how many insects are pictured on each card, say the number aloud to their partner, and write that number next to the corresponding picture on their recording sheet. This activity can be used after a lesson on counting objects and writing numerals to check for mastery. 

This activity was created as a result of the Resource Development Summit.

    Mathematics (2019) Grade(s): KG

    Write numerals from 0 to 20.

    Unpacked Content

    Unpacked Content



    • Numeral
    • Number


    Students know:
    • how to match numeral name with sets of objects.


    Students are able to:
    • write numerals from 0 to 20.
    • Represent numbers from 0 to 20.


    Students understand that:
    • a written numeral represents a number of objects.
    Mathematics (2019) Grade(s): KG

    Represent 0 to 20 using concrete objects when given a written numeral from 0 to 20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).

    Mathematics (2019) Grade(s): KG

    Connect counting to cardinality using a variety of concrete objects.

    Unpacked Content

    Unpacked Content



    • Cardinality
    • One to one correspondence
    • Hierarchical inclusion


    Students know:
    • Use one to one correspondence when counting objects.
    • how to rote count in consecutive order.


    Students are able to:
    • count objects with one to one correspondence.
    • Indicate the number of objects.
    • Explain one more.


    Students understand that:
    • a number represents a quantity.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Students are able to:

    • write numerals correctly from 0 to 20.
    • count an object saying the number name.
    • tell the number of objects in a set.

    Activity Details

    1. As a review, have students practice counting from 0-10 and have students practice skywriting numerals 0-10 as they repeat the number name before beginning the activity.  

    2. Explain to the students that they will choose a partner and walk around the room with their partner looking for insect picture cards.

    3. As the students find a picture card, they will count how many insects are pictured on each card, say the number aloud to their partner, and write the correct number next to the corresponding picture on their recording sheet.  

    4. The teacher will walk around the room monitoring students as they count insects and write numerals 0-10.  

    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    The recording sheet will be used as the assessment.

    Students will count insects and write the corresponding numerals on their recording sheet. 

    The teacher will monitor students during this time to ensure accuracy in counting and as students write the corresponding numerals.

    Variation Tips

    The teacher may wish to provide an answer key to allow students to check their recording sheet at the end of the activity.

    For additional practice, students may use the same recording sheet more than once (the day after initially completing the activity) and trace over the numbers with highlighters, crayons, or markers. The teacher may move the picture cards to different areas of the room to challenge the students on the second day.

    Approximate Duration

    Total Duration

    16 to 30 Minutes

    Related Learning Activities

    Learning Activity (Before)

    Learning Activity (After)

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    To access the free Insects! Read, Write, and Count the Room picture cards and recording sheet, teachers will need to click on the link to download.

    Teachers Pay Teachers is a free resource. Teachers will need to have a free account with Teachers Pay Teachers to access the resource.

    Teachers can laminate and cut out the cards for multiple uses.  Teachers will need to print a class set of the recording sheet and scatter the picture cards around the room for students to find. Each student will need one copy of the recording sheet, a pencil, and a clipboard.  

    Materials and Resources

    Digital Tools / Resources