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Numbers and Counting



Numbers March Right In! Sung to: "When the Saints Go Marching In"
Oh, When the numbers march right in,
Oh, when the numbers march right in.
We will count them one by one,
When the numbers march right in.
Oh, one-two-three, Four and five
Now backward, five, four, three, two, one

Oh here comes one, Oh here comes one
Here comes the number one
We have one nose and one mouth
Oh here comes the number one

Oh here comes two, Oh here comes two
Here comes the number two
We have two eyes and ears
Oh here comes the number two

Oh here comes three, Oh here comes three
Here comes the number three
A triangle has three sides
Oh here comes the number three

Oh here comes four, Oh here comes four
Here comes the number four
A square has four sides
Oh here comes the number four

Oh here comes five, Oh here comes five
Here comes the number five
We have five fingers on our hand
Oh here comes the number five

Have students march carrying different numbers.

Umbrellas Fingerplay
Five umbrellas stood by the back door,
The red one went outside, then there were four.
Four umbrellas pretty as can be,
The blue one went outside, then there were three.
Three umbrellas with nothing to do,
The green one went outside, then there was one.
Just one umbrella alone in the hall,
The purple one went outside, and that was all!

Make different colored umbrellas for students to visualize




Clifford Sung to “This old man”
Clifford, the big red dog
He ate zero and was a hero.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.

Clifford, the big red dog
He ate one and had some fun.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.


Clifford, the big red dog
He ate two and then he grew.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.


Clifford, the big red dog
He ate three in a tree.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.


Clifford, the big red dog
He ate four down on the floor.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.


Clifford, the big red dog
He ate five and took a dive.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.


Clifford, the big red dog
He ate six and chased some sticks.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.


Clifford, the big red dog
He ate seven and looked to heaven.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.


Clifford, the big red dog
He ate eight and cleaned his plate.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.


Clifford, the big red dog
He ate nine and then felt fine.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.


Clifford, the big red dog
He ate ten and started again.
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
Then let's all go rolling home.

I have a Clifford stuffed animal that I bring out for this song.  I also have some foam letters that he pretends to eat.

Ten in the Bed
There were ten in the bed and the little on said "Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Keep counting down until
There was one in the bed and the little one said "Good night"

You could bring different stuffed animals, toy animals/people or cutouts and count down with them.
You could also have the students lay down and act this out

Recommended Books
1. Roll Over by Merle Peek
2. Fish Eyes  by Lois Ehlert
3. Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow
4. Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth

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