Activity Plan 5-6: The Number Match Game
This word/symbol match-up game will help children develop literacy skills as well as math concepts.
- Grades: PreK–K
- 3" x 5" index cards
- counters (beans, buttons)
- rubber stamps and pad
- book-making materials including hole punch and binder rings or yarn
- plastic bags that seal
- chart paper
Objective: Children will play a game to enable them to match words and symbols from zero to 20, understand the concept of more and less, and develop reading and writing skills.
In Advance: On separate index cards, write the words one through twenty. Make four to six sets of the word cards and place each set in a plastic bag.
1 On a sheet of chart paper, write the words and numbers from zero to 20. Review the words and corresponding numbers with the class. Then, ask children to use rubber stamps to stamp images that correspond to each number such as one star, two stars, and so on.
2 Invite small groups to the math area and provide them with the sets of 20 index cards. Cut some of the index cards in half and give them 20 of the cards that have been cut. Review the words with the group, then ask them to write the number that matches each word onto the index cards that have been cut in half.
3 After they have completed making their cards, provide children with 20 counting pieces. Ask the group to organize their cards from one to 20 and then to organize them from 20 to one.
4 Invite children to shuffle their word and number cards and then match the word and number symbol. Then, ask the group to use the counters to count out the number of items that match the word and symbol. Children can work alone or in pairs. Provide assistance if needed.
5 Now, invite children to choose any two numbers from their pile. Ask them which number is more than the other or which number is less than the other. How many numbers are less than 10? How many are more than 12? Invite them to think of questions that they can ask one other.
6 Keep the number and word cards in the math area along with counters so children can continue to develop their skills.
Curriculum Connection: LITERACY
Make a Math Mini-Book. Provide a variety of rubber stamps and an index card and invite children to use their word and number cards to make a math book. Children can organize their word and number cards from one to 20 with the number cards following the words. Then, ask them to use the rubber stamps to make a card that will follow each number. They can stamp the cards to correspond to each number. Give children an additional card to make a cover for their book and help them bind the pages together to create their math mini-book.