Strategy

Counters

UDL 2.5

Counters are physical objects to support counting. They can also be representative of the actual objects being counted. Counters are useful for students who require tactile demonstrations of concepts.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Manipulatives

Ten Frame and Counting Chips

Included in this resource is a ten frame and counting chips. Students can use printouts of the ten frame to organize their counting chips in order to represent integers between 0 and 10 for such purposes as counting, grouping, adding, and subtracting. The counting chips can be printed and cut out for students to use as visual and physical representations of numbers on their ten frame.

Grade K, 1 · Math · 4 pages


Manipulatives

Solid Color Counters

A collection of printable counters to use in various classroom activities. The set includes counters of different colors and sizes.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Math · 4 pages


Manipulatives

Image Counters

A collection of printable counters to use in various classroom activities. The set includes counters with images in two different sizes. Add your own images to make counters that incorporate student interests or relate to specific activities.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Math · 2 pages


Manipulatives

Integer Counters

A collection of printable counters to use in various classroom activities. The set includes counters with integer symbols to aid students in solving expressions with positive and negative integers.

Grade 5, 6, 7 · Math · 2 pages


Implementation Tips

Supporting Fine Motor Skills
Students who do not have fine motor skills necessary to physically manipulate objects can be paired with a partner who has good fine motor skills. The student can verbally direct the partner to use the counters.
Counters for Everyday Practice
For students who need a lot of practice with counting, find natural, functional tasks that they can do within the school day. For example, they can count out papers to pass out to the class or count the number of students who are present.

Examples

Using for Coins
When comparing the values of coins, use coins to show the value (e.g. Instead of stating there are 5 nickels in a quarter, have the students count out the value of 5 nickels.)
Using for Multiplication
When introducing multiplication, use counters to demonstrate. For example, give students bags containing 20 Skittles. Ask them to create four groups with five Skittles in each group. Then, ask them to find different ways to divide the Skittle into multiple groups that each contain the same number of Skittles.
Using for Fractions
When introducing fractions, students themselves can be counters. You might have 10 students line up in the front of the class. Ask students to count the number of students with a white shirt, blue shirt, etc. Demonstrate how this looks as a fraction.

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