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Term 3 week 4 – Working with Number 15

During this week we worked with only one number – 15.

This is another number which I consider to be tricky just like 11 and 13, because you don’t write the numerals as you sound them.

So I use the usual trick of distorting the words for them to understand and then fix it.  I say five….teen and then then they correct me.   As usual we placed 15 in its place on a number line 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and carefully listened to the words we use whilst saying this number.


Video clip – Elmo 1234 – Number 15 – Elmo 123 count with me, Sesame Street Elmo count with me by DisneyToysReview

Counting 1 – 15 | Children’s song for learning to count [numbers & counting]

As usual the children had a rotation system where they counted various objects up to 15, such as buttons, toys, numicon shapes and interlocking blocks.  We then did hands on activities where the children had to use the rainbow technique to form 15.

Then they had to colour the police badge and count and stick 15 stars on the police badge.  (Work done on number scrapbook 2).

The children were made aware that there is a special number which we can call if we really need the police to help us.  This is number 112.

Some children decided to write it on the badge too. I mentioned the fact that this is a very special number and it is only used when really in need.

We do not use the telephone or mobile to call it as a joke or because we want to hear the voice of a policeman.


The children also practiced writing number 15 on their number workbook 5.  They drew 15 balls and coloured in the numicon shapes.

Last but not least they wrote the number which comes next like in the page below.  They used the number line provided at the bottom of the page to help them if in doubt.



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