- A child counts two rows of objects that are laid out across from each other and says they are the same. Adult spreads out one row. The child says, "Both still have the same number; one is just longer."
- After counting a line of 8 objects, the objects are moved into an unusual arrangement. When asked how many there are, a child says "There are still 8."
Help your student become a(n) Number Conserver
These activities, building on similar attention to quantity at earlier levels, explicitly ask children to recognize that the number in a set does not change unless some are added or subtracted. "The Tricky Fox" activity purposely sets up the notion that children might be followed by appearances, helping them resist the temptation to say, for example, that when objects are spread out, there are more of them.