Don teaches the numbers one to five
Don is teaching the numbers one to five. He writes each number in a vertical line sequence and draws the corresponding quantity of circles next to each number. For example, he draws one circle next to the number 1, draws two circles next to the number 2, draws three circles next to the number 3, etc. Don then points out each number and the amount of circles to the children.
The Alternative Lesson Plan
Many children have learned well with this lesson. But for those continuing to struggle, the alternative lesson plan is as follows:
- Teach the numbers using concrete methods instead of writing.
Young children who struggle with abstract, higher-order thinking may not learn well through writing and pen-and-paper formats. These children need more concrete and meaningful presentations of this information, such as through physical objects.
- Modify the sequence of the steps of the numbers lesson.
Some children struggle with abstract concepts and thus are sensitive to the sequence in which information during a lesson is presented. For these children, it is better not to start the lesson with the actual numbers (numerical symbols) and first present the concept of the numbers through concrete means.