Subject: Mathematics

#2961. Counting Duck, Duck Goose

Mathematics, level: Kindergarten
Posted Wed Oct 22 21:10:43 PDT 2003 by Janet Smith.
PineCrest Elementary, Bremerton, USA
Materials Required: none
Activity Time: 10 minutes
Concepts Taught: Practice counting

Counting Lesson to Duck, Duck Goose Game

Students sit in a circle facing the center. One student who is the "counter" is chosen to start. Take "counter" student aside and quietly whisper to the student the special number that will result in a tap on the head of one of the students in the circle. Student begins by walking around the circle holding their hand above each student's head and counting beginning with one, two, three, etc. When the student reaches the target number that you whispered to them, they will tap that student's head to indicate that student should quickly stand up and chase the "counter" student around to try to catch them before they can assume their place in the circle. Even if the chaser catches the "counter" I let the chaser become the new "counter" to move the game along. Students sitting in the circle also count along with the "counter" student, which reinforces counting skills for the whole class. Variations of this game include skip counting by 2's to 20, 5's to 50, or 10's to 100. Also, if the class is counting to 100 by 10's, the "counter" may decide to skip the target number, and return back to it when they must begin the count again. This game is very active and can be played outside when weather permits or used for inside recess! Remember to leave enough room around the outside of the circle for students to run safely.