Lesson 4: Numbers 6-10

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How do we explain our thinking mathematically?
  • How do we show the value of a given quantity?
  • What are the different ways to measure an amount?
  • How do we make a plan to count numbers?


  • Develop a plan for counting
  • Use manipulatives and graphic organizers to show number values and solve problems
  • Recognize the quantity of objects with the corresponding numeral
  • Write numbers 6-10 symbolically, numerically, and in word form
  • Count to 20, starting at any number less than 20. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral


  • Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
  • abacus (kit)
  • base-10 blocks (kit)
  • colored dot stickers (kit)
  • construction paper (kit)
  • construction paper or card stock* (Introduction - optional)
  • counters (kit)
  • crayons
  • glue
  • glue or glue stick* (Introduction - optional)
  • Interactive Notebook
  • items to count
  • number cards (kit)
  • pennies, nickels, and dimes
  • play dollar bills (kit)
  • scissors
  • set of double-nine dominoes (kit)

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed


Materials: construction paper or card stock*, glue or glue stick*
Over the course of the next two lessons, your child will be exploring the numbers 6-10 and learning how to represent the numbers in word form and number form as well as symbolically using manipulatives and finger patterns.

Begin by naming a number 1 through 4 and asking your child to name the number that comes after it. Repeat for the other numbers. Then, do the same with numbers that come before using the numbers 2 through 5.

NOTE: To prepare for Activity 7, glue each of the "1-10 Concentration" pages to a piece of construction paper or copy the pages onto card stock paper. Be sure the glue is dry before your child cuts out the cards.
Reading and Questions
Materials: Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
Read the book Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews. Review the pages that cover numbers 1-5 and finish the book to 10. As you read the book, make sure to have your child touch and count the dots on the page with you. Then ask your child the following questions:
  1. Can you find six objects in the kitchen?
  2. Can you find eight objects in your room?
  3. Can you find ten things outside in the yard?