
Obtain the Materials 

 The book, Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
 2 sets of 10 cards each – 1st set has the numerical numbers 110 on them. The 2nd set has the word numbers written on them.
Note: Small parts create a choking hazard for children. Make sure that all materials you choose to use for an activity or lesson with children meet safety requirements. Small parts are not appropriate for children who are 5 years of age or younger.




Introduce the Activity 

 Review counting 1 – 10. Count aloud with the children.
 Explain to the children that they are going to count backwards from 10 to 1 and they are going to match up the written number on their card with the number in the book.




Engage the Children 

 Pass out the cards with the numbers on them. Keep the cards with the written numbers on them.
 Read the story, Ten, Nine, Eight. As you read, hold up a number word card that coincides with the number in the story. Ask:“What is this number word?” The children should hold up their matching number cards with the correct number.
 When you are done reading the book, have the children count backwards from 10 as a group.
Additional Extensions
 Using the number cards, have the children place them in descending order from 10 to 1.
 Have the children create a Counting Book starting at 10 and ending with the number 1. They can write out the number word, write the number and draw a numerical representation of the number.




Encourage Vocabulary 

 Count – To identify the amount of something by number (e.g., "How many blocks do you have? 123!" [Point to each object while saying 123.])
 Number – Describe quantities or values (e.g, "What is this number word?")
Glossary of MATH vocabulary 



Make Adaptations 

Supporting Children at Different Levels 
Toddlers 

PreK 
Toddlers may:
 Still be working on onetoone correspondence and counting, in order, from 1 to 10.


PreK Children may:
 Already count 1 1 0 forwards and backwards and have an understanding of onetoone correspondence.

Home child care providers may:
 Continue to work on their counting skills but reinforcing oral counting skills 1 – 10.
 Have the children match numbers with numbers. Ask the children, “Who has the number 4?” and the children, using numerical cards, will match the corresponding number.

Home child care providers may:
 Using the number cards, have the children place them in descending order from 10 to 1.
 Have the children create a Counting Book starting at 10 and ending with the number 1. They can write out the number word, write the number and draw a numerical representation of the number.





Books 

 Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang (New York: Greenwillow Books, 1996)




Music and Movement 





Outdoor Connections 


When the children line up, have them line up in descending order. Give each child a number and then have them line up in descending order.
 Using any objects found outside, have the children work with predetermined sets of objects. 10 leaves of different colors, 10 various playground equipment, 10 clothing items needed when the weather gets colder….




Web Resources 

