Matching Numbers with Objects 1-20 Worksheets
Matching the quantities of an item or object to an actual numeral is one of the first steps that students take towards analyzing their environment. This is a fundamental stage for them, and we want to make sure that they are comfortable matching items and numbers before going any further with sorting or classifying anything. As we suggest below, the focus should begin with a hands-on activity approach and then followed up with these lessons and worksheets to bring it home for you. These worksheets help students learn find the numbers that go with objects and the objects that equal numbers.
Aligned Standard: K.MD.A.3
- Clocks and Purses: Step-by-Step Lesson- Just match the number of clocks to the number of purses.
- Guided Worksheet -This skill helps students see objects as data for the first time.
- Guided Explanation - A simple two-stage strategy is needed to finalize these problems.
- Independent Practice Worksheet - We up the ante a bit here. The number of objects is much larger.
- Matching Worksheet - Remind the students that we are just counting and matching like numbers.
- Answer Keys - These are for all the unlocked materials above.
A quick review of matching groups with the same number of items.
- Lesson 1 - Count the objects in both groups on the right side. The top group on right has 3 rabbits. The bottom group has 4 camels.
Match sets with the same numbers, and compare sets in a series of groups.
- Practice 1 - Count the number of objects in each set on the left, and match them with the correct number of objects in a set on the right.
- Practice 2 - Draw a line from group of hearts to the group of stars.
- Practice 3 - I would write numbers under each object to make it easier.
- Practice 4 - Get these all in a row.
- Practice 5 - Which of the following has same number of objects?
- Practice 6 - How Many There Are in a Set?
How to Teach This Skill
The core goal is for students to represent a quantity of objects with a number. We encourage you to provide students with choices of number from the start. At this point, we cannot expect students to have mastered their numbers, especially values greater than 5. Providing them with possible values does two things, it reminds them of the numbers and does not slow them down for attaining this skill.
As with everything Preschool oriented, we recommend you make this a hands on activity. You should start by doing station work. Pair students together and create a station per pair of students. Sounds like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of this, it is an easy set up. Give students 90-seconds at each station to write down how many objects that there are. Each time that they rotate to a new station, take 5 seconds away. This adds a game element to it and it will motivate students. I highly suggest that you use this as a review skill.
Once students master the hands-on portion of this, move to using our worksheets. Baby step your way in by doing the lesson with them. For any students that have trouble, assign them to work independently on our guided lesson sheet. You can provide them with the key to see if they get it after that. As you can see below, we heavily focus on practicing this skill repeatedly.
How to Classify Objects into Categories
The Preschool years focus on hands on activities for children which is important and impactful for helping them remember core concepts. There are various skills that children learn through these hands-on activities. One of the most important features that is induced in children from the start is the classification on objects into various categories.
When we say classifying, it means listing or arranging objects into categories on the basis of their similar attributes. Let's say that you have a huge collection of animal figurines that need to be arranged. This is where classification comes into use. You can either get these animals separated through basic classifications; farm and jungle animals, or you can arrange animals on the basis of their heights and weights and so on. The important thing to remind students is that there are literally endless ways that things can be categorized. Help them understand how to compare and contrast things.
The first step in this process is to identify things that are similar between objects. That can be how they look or like we have seen on these worksheets a quantity that defines how many of them there are. Children are taught classification from a very young age. However, they are asked to follow some sort of color schemes and any other things that are easier.