


The Wonder Number Lessons
Lesson No. 1: Basic Counting When teaching basic counting, it is important to emphasize that the chips are concrete representations of numbers on the Wonder Number Board. The first step in this process is to count while placing chips on the Wonder Number Board, one at a time. Begin with the number 1 by placing a single chip and saying “1”. Then continue with the numbers 2, 3, 4, etc. At any time you can stop and stack all the chips on the last number counted. Then have the student count up the chips and say the number that is beneath the last chip on each number (see fig 14). The next step is to count by twos. Beginning with 2, place a blue chip on every Blue 2 on the board. This is called skip counting and helps to establish pattern recognition. When you are finished placing chips on every number from 2 to 100, all the even numbers will be covered (see fig 15). Next you can continue skip counting by 5’s and then 10’s (see fig 16 and fig 17). After making each pattern, remove the chips and begin with an empty board. Then have the student do the counting and placing of the chips while naming each number. For preschool students fold the Wonder Number Board in half and begin counting from 1 to 50.

