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Counting Objects Sort - Numbers 1-5

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 6 pages | Grades: PK - K

Practice counting 1 – 5 objects with this colorful sorting activity.

Counting Objects – Sorting Activity

This sorting activity includes 18 cards and 5 mats. Each card has different numbers of objects, ranging from 1-5. The student will count the number of items on the card and place it on the correct sorting mat. This is an excellent activity to develop number sense and teach students how to sort objects by a given number.

Through this activity, students will show they have one-to-one correspondence and can accurately count numbers 1 to 5.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your math lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this counting game to enhance learning through guided math groups or as a fast finisher activity.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by providing counters for students to place on each object. Students can then move them away as they count each card. Additionally, provide access to previous assignments, as well as posters and anchor charts for students to recall past lessons.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For students who need more of a challenge, encourage students to show each number with their fingers or represent the number with manipulatives. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download. 

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 


This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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