Overview

Students learn a new way to use their fingers for counting. This method is based on one used in the Kamba tribe of Kenya, Africa. A short video demonstrates the counting method. Students are asked to practice and show someone else what they have learned. A Kenyan flag is provided for coloring. A map of Kenya is provided for reference. A printable practice sheet is provided for students to complete and put in their folders. The driving investigation for this lesson is awareness of other counting methods and other cultures.

Student Activity

Online Student Activity

Introduction

Students learn a new way to use their fingers for counting. This method is based on one used in the Kamba tribe of Kenya, Africa. A short video demonstrates the counting method. Students are asked to practice and show someone else what they have learned. A Kenyan flag is provided for coloring. A map of Kenya is provided for reference. A printable practice sheet is provided for students to complete and put in their folders. The driving investigation for this lesson is awareness of other counting methods and other cultures.

Student Outcomes

Technology Usage

Preparation

The Fingercounting video is available in a live streaming or downloadable format. It is reccommended that you use the downloadable movie file if you are not using a LAN to connect to the Internet.

Materials

Tasks

  1. Students use a map to find Africa. Class discussion of where Africa is, how far from the classroom, and how many countries are in Africa.
  2. Students watch the Fingercounting video. Show it several times until the students have a good grasp on the method.
  3. Students watch the Fingermath Demonstration. Have students follow along and try the method as it plays. Repeat as often as you feel is necessary.
  4. Students work in pairs to complete the supplementary practice sheet and color the flag.

Presentation

Possible ways of presenting what they have learned:

Assessment

Resources

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Microsoft Word (.doc)

Finger Counting-includes all materials and student pages.

Let's Count! - supplementary practice sheet

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Finger Counting-includes all materials and student pages.

Let's Count! - supplementary practice sheet

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