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Mathematics Lesson Plan

Name of Activity: How Many Peas In A Pod?

Age Group: Preschool, 4 years old

Standard: TN-ELDS
Mathematics: Counting and Cardinality PK.CC.4.
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities with concrete objects up
to 10.

Standard: TN-ELDS
Mathematics: Counting and Cardinality PK.CC.4b.
Understand that the last number said tells the number of objects counted, up to ten.

Objective: The children will learn that peas are found in pods. They will be able to place
their own peas into a pod and count how many fits in it. They will also be able to
recognize the different ways a number can be written to show its amount.

Paper cut into pea pods
Green construction paper
Large hole punch

1. Print off pea pod shapes on green construction paper and cut them out.
2. With extra green construction paper, cut circles for peas using a large hole
3. On one pea, write 1. On another pea, write the number two by using 2 dots. On
the last pea, write the number three by drawing 3 small triangles. Repeat this
step until all children have three peas each.
4. Make an example for the children to refer to.
1. Show children a real pod of peas. Let them pass it around to look, feel, and
2. Pass out paper pea pods to all children. Talk with children about their shape and
what they think goes inside of them.
3. Explain to children about the how peas fit inside of the pods. Ask, how many
peas can we fit inside of it?
4. Have children get out their glue sticks while you pass out three peas to each
5. Show children the example made earlier. Ask, how many peas fit inside?
6. Explain to the children that they need to put them in order from 1-3. Each pea
has a number on it and they must figure out which order in goes in.
7. Scaffold over children- give them hints if they get stuck, but encourage
independence and thinking.
8. Once all peas are made, hang them up on the craft board.
9. Ask children what two dots or three triangles means.

Teaching Strategies:
1. Scaffolding- If a child is having a hard time, provide helpful hints to support their
learning and encourage their strong thinking.

2. Acknowledgement and Encouragement- Visit and talk with every child while they
are doing the activity. Acknowledge their effort and encourage them to keep
working hard.

Assessment of Childs Learning:

The assessment of the childs learning will be done by observing their work samples. I
will make sure they have successfully placed the numbers in order. To be sure they
understand, I will personally pull aside each child and ask them why they placed each
pea in the order they did.
The child with autism may not want to glue the peas onto the pod to avoid the mess.
Instead, the child could have a larger pea pod with the peas already on them, but
he/she would have to write the numbers 1-3 on the peas using a number, a shape, and
a dot just like the other children have. The child may have a hard time gripping, so I
would provide grips to help him/her hold onto the witting utensil. An assistant would be
present in the classroom when implementing this activity.