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Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

Blast Off!

Subject Area





In this learning activity, students will watch a video that teaches them to count down from ten in order to see a rocket launch. Students will then practice in groups or independently to re-create their own blast off by counting backward from ten to zero.

    Mathematics (2019) Grade(s): KG

    Count forward orally from 0 to 100 by ones and by tens. Count backward orally from 10 to 0 by ones.

    Unpacked Content

    Unpacked Content



    • Count forward orally
    • Count backwards orally


    Students know:
    • how to count by ones and tens orally. This includes counting forward and counting backward.


    Students are able to:
    • orally count forward.
    • orally count backward.


    Students understand that:
    • Counting from 0 to 100 is a sequence.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    The students will count backward orally from 10 to 0 by ones.

    Activity Details

    1. The teacher will display the Google slide show Blast Off! On slide two the teacher will say, "When you hear the words 'Blast Off!' what do you think of? Let’s watch this short video to learn how to count backward from the number ten."
    2. The teacher will show the embedded video.
    3. After watching the video, the teacher will have the students work in groups or independently to practice counting backward from ten to zero.
    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    • The teacher will observe student participation to determine student understanding of the concept.
    • The teacher can use the following guideline to ensure students meet the learning objective based on the activity.

    Check that the student:

    1. Can count backward from ten to zero independently and without hesitation.

    Variation Tips

    This activity can be used as a warm-up or as a wrap-up to a counting lesson.