2) Number After

Counting: Greater Number

Mathematics

  • Develop fluency identifying the number after, for numbers up to ten.

Representing the number after on a number track.

For example, the number after five.

Representing the number after on a number line.

For example, the number after five.

Language

  • number after
  • one greater than
  • one more than

When initally completing the activity introduce and use the language “the number after”. In subsequent sessions, once students are fluent with the activity, change the language to “one greater than” and later still “one more than”.

Mental Number Lines

One use for number lines is counting forwards and backwards. For example, forwards from zero or backwards from ten.  Please note, this is not how the number lines are to be used in these activities. 

In these activities number lines are used to develop the concept of a mental number line, that is, where numbers are located in relation to each other. If students need to count to identify the location of a number they should only count on/back one, two or three. Counting more than this is inefficient, error prone and limits opportuniteis for students to develop more effective strategies.  

  • Activity 2 focuses on locating the number after.
  • Activity 4 focuses on locating the number before.
  • As students progress through the Bond Blocks system they will develop the skills needed to locate harder to identify numbers such as 7 and 8.

Differentiation

A little easier

Alternating numbers

Remove every second block from the steps. Build flat on a desk. Students count aloud, pointing to each number as it is said. 

Next, repeat this activity but the student takes turns saying the counting numbers with the teacher. The teacher points to and says the number that is represented with Bond Blocks. The student points to the space after this block and says the number that is missing.

Then, repeat counting with alternating numbers, taking turns with the teacher, but introduce the language, “The number after”. The teacher points to the Bond Block that is placed and says, “The number after one is…” The student points to the space after Block One and says “Two.” 

Once students are fluent using the alternating steps made with odd numbers repeat using the even numbered Bond Blocks. 

A little harder

Counting number after

Complete the ‘a little harder’ activity board. 

Even steps

Count forwards, adding two each time, starting at two, with blocks, to 10. 

Extend to counting forwards with even numbers, by two, to 18.

Count forwards, adding two each time, starting at two, without blocks, to 10. Extend to counting forwards by two, without blocks, to 18.

Odd steps

Count forwards, adding two each time, starting at one, with blocks, to 9. 

Extend to counting forwards with odd numbers, by two, to 19.

Count forwards, adding two each time, starting at one, without blocks, to 9. Extend to counting forwards by two, without blocks, to 19.

Progression

In the next activity students repeat Activities 1 and 2 with counting backwards. Go to

Activity 3

Counting: Backwards 10 to 1, Building Steps