Fingers to Five and Ten


The purpose of this activity is to help students learn groupings within 5, for example 1 and 4 make 5; 3 and 2 make 5.

Achievement Objectives
NA1-3: Know groupings with five, within ten, and with ten.
Specific Learning Outcomes

Recall groupings within 5, for example 1 and 4 make 5; 3 and 2 make 5.

  1. Hold up one hand.
    How many fingers on one hand? Let’s count to check.
  2. Confirm by counting that there are 5 fingers on one hand.
  3. Tell the students that sometimes fingers like to hide. Hold up your hand, with the palm facing towards you and fold down 2 fingers so they are hidden from the students.
  4. Ask:
    How many fingers can you see?
    How many do you think are hiding?
  5. Count the three upright fingers together and have students estimate the number that are hiding.
  6. After identifying student estimates turn your hand around so the hidden fingers are shown and count these together.
  7. Hold up you hand again and pointing to the fingers that were hiding and shown, emphasise the number fact:
    These 2 fingers were hiding and these 3 were standing up. 3 and 2 makes 5 fingers altogether.


This activity can be repeated using two hands to help learn groupings within 10.

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