A fun, hands-on game for children to play when learning to count and use one-to-one correspondence or when learning to subitize.
Use this teaching resource when students are learning to count and use one-to-one correspondence. Alternatively it can be used when learning to subitize numbers.
This alien themed counting game encourages children to identify the numbers 1 to 6 and develop their counting skills.
To play the game:
- Provide each child with a spaceship and set of alien cards.
- Roll a die, identify the number, then count out the matching number of aliens.
- Place the correct number of aliens into the spaceship.
- For a challenge at the end, count the total number of aliens in the spaceship.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
Count to answer "how many?" questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.
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