ALEX Learning Activity



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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Sue Noah
System:Athens City
School:Athens Elementary School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2535
Digital Tool/Resource:
Number Cards
Web Address – URL:

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.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
MA2019 (2019)
Grade: K
2. Count to 100 by ones beginning with any given number between 0 and 99.
Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Count correctly to 100 by ones starting with any given number other than 0 without skipping numbers, repeating numbers, or hesitating.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • 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.
Diverse Learning Needs:
Essential Skills:
Learning Objectives:
M.K.2.1: Count forward to 100 from a number over 50.
M.K.2.2: Count forward to 100 from a number between 2 and 50.
M.K.2.3: Count forward to 50 from a given number.
M.K.2.4: Count to 100 by ones.
M.K.2.5: Mimic counting to 100 by ones.
M.K.2.6: Count to 50 by ones.
M.K.2.7: Mimic counting to 50 by ones.

Prior Knowledge Skills:
  • Count to 20 and above.
  • Mimic counting by ones.
  • Recognize numbers from one to ten.
  • Become interested in how many objects she/he has.
  • Continue to have an interest in counting.
  • Understand the concept of size and amount.
  • Pair the number of objects counted with "how many."
  • Understand that the last number name tells the number of objects counted.
  • Pair a group of objects with a number representing the total number of objects in the group (up to ten objects).
  • Count objects one-by-one using only one number per object (up to ten objects).
  • Recognize that numbers and numerals have meaning.
  • Recognize numerals 0 (zero) through 10.
  • Rote count to ten.
  • Communicate some number words.
  • Recognize after.
  • Recognize before.
  • Enjoy playing with all kinds of objects.
  • Point to matching or similar objects.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.K.1 Using vocalization, sign language, augmentative communication, or assistive technology, count to 15 by ones starting with one.

Learning Objectives:

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

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

  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:

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.

Advanced Preparation:

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

Variation Tips (optional):

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.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

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

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: orally count