Practical Lessons for Teaching Counting Skills- Lesson 5



Maloney Einstein

The One-Minute Teacher

Rote Counting Skills From 1 to 20


In this exercise we will combine the previous two exercises to teach rote counting from 1 to 20. We will practice counting until the fluency level of 200 counts/minute with 2 or fewer errors is reached. Now that the student has met the fluency standard for counting from 1 to 10, and the same fluency for counting from 10 to 20, we can add the next step.


The numbers from 1 to 20 printed below. A second blank sheet of paper. 

      1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Rote Counting from 1 to 20. See and Say Numbers from 1 to 20.

This task should be done for a couple of minutes each day until the student counts to 20 quickly and easily without errors.

Task 1: Counting from 1 to 20.

Say to the student, “I am going to count from 1 to 20. I will touch each number and say it. Listen.” Touch each number from 1 to 20 and say it. Listen again.” Repeat.

Say, “Count from 1 to 20 with me. I will touch the numbers. When I touch the number we will both say it. Ready.” (Signal) Touch each number and count from 1 to 20 with the student. Say, “Good job. You did it. You counted from 1 to 20. Let’s do that again. Count with me. Ready.” (Signal) Touch each number and count from 1 to 20 with the student. “Good work.”

Say, “Now try that all by yourself. Touch each number and count from 1 to 20. Ready.” (Signal). Watch the student touch each number and listen to the child count from 1 to 20. Say, “You did it. Good counting. Do that for me one more time. Ready.” (Signal) Repeat task. Say, “Excellent, you are learning to count well.”

Correction Procedure:

If the child cannot count to 20 without making errors, reteach Task 1 (1-10) and Task 2 (10-20) of the counting series.

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