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Counting to 20 Task Cards

  • Updated

    Updated:  16 May 2024

Practice counting objects up to 20 with this set of 16 task cards.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  6 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  F - 1

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teaching resource

Counting to 20 Task Cards

  • Updated

    Updated:  16 May 2024

Practice counting objects up to 20 with this set of 16 task cards.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  6 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  F - 1

Practice counting objects up to 20 with this set of 16 task cards.

Counting Objects To 20 With Task Cards

Students will count the number of objects in each collection and then write the total on the included recording sheet. Through this activity, students will show they can say number names in their standard order, pairing each object with its number name. It also reinforces that the last number said indicates the number of things counted, regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they are counted.

An answer sheet is included with your download so students can self-check their work. Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to order the cards from least to greatest or greatest to least when complete. Support students who need help understanding the concepts by covering each picture with a  manipulative or another concrete object as students are counting. 

More Ways To Use Task Cards For Counting Practice

This resource was created to be used in your math center as an independent practice. You can also use it for learning opportunities for small groups and full-class instruction for scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.

🛴 Scoot Activity

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign each student a number to start. Give students an appropriate amount of time to count the items and record their answers. Then say, “SCOOT.” At this time, the students will rotate to the next card. Continue in this manner until students have made it through all of the cards. 

🗂️ Scavenger Hunt

Hide the task cards around the room when your students are not around. Then, hand each student a recording sheet and set them loose! As soon as they find a card, they count the items and record their answer in the appropriate box. Students leave the card in the same spot they found it and then find the others.

NOTE: You may want to make a rule of only 1 student at a card at one time. If not, things could get a little crazy! 🤪

Download and Use Today!

Use the dropdown menu to choose between the easy to print PDF version or the editable Google Slide version of this resource. Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks: cut out the cards and punch a hole in each corner to place them on a binder ring. 

Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves to turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker then erase and reuse.

Because this activity includes an answer sheet, we recommend printing one copy of the entire file first. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.


This resource was created by Allie Kleijnjans, a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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