Lesson 9

Create Picture Books

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to recognize and represent groups of up to 4 objects and images without counting. 

Lesson Narrative

This lesson builds on the work of previous lessons where students recognized small groups of things without counting and matched groups with the same quantity. In this lesson, students create a page in a picture book where they record many different groups of objects with the same quantity that they see in the classroom. Students can make more picture book pages in centers in this and future lessons.

In the lesson synthesis, students practice saying the verbal count sequence to 10 in preparation for counting objects in an upcoming section. Add variety to the counting by adding movement. For example, students can count as they clap, stomp their feet, or jump. 

  • Action and Expression
  • MLR8

Activity 2: Introduce Picture Books, Create

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Identify groups of objects or images with the same quantity without counting.
  • Recognize and name the number of objects or images in groups of up to 4 without counting.

Student Facing

  • Let’s make picture books about our classroom.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Picture Books Stage 2 Recording Sheet

Required Preparation

Activity 3:

  • Gather materials from:
    • Connecting Cubes, Stages 1 and 2
    • Pattern Blocks, Stages 1 and 2
    • Geoblocks, Stages 1 and 2
    • Picture Books, Stages 1 and 2

CCSS Standards


Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 10 min
Activity 2 10 min
Activity 3 25 min
Lesson Synthesis 5 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

How did the work of matching groups with the same number of objects or images prepare students for the work in this lesson?

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