Producer (Small Numbers)

Counts out objects to 5. Recognizes that counting is relevant to situations in which a certain number must be placed.

Practice-based Research:

Producing a set number of items is typically more difficult than counting a collection of items. Children have to keep the target number in mind at all times and stop themselves when they reach it

The trajectory levels Counter (10) and Producer (Small Numbers) are close and children may develop Producer (Small Numbers) at the same time or even after Counter (10).


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Other Examples:

  • A child is asked to bring five crayons to the table. The child goes to the crayon box and gets a group of 5 crayons.

Help your student become a(n) Producer (Small Numbers)

These activities ask children to not just count a set, but produce (or "count out") a set of a given number (as in "give me 5"). Activities such as "Get Just Enough" and "Fill the Egg Cartons" give children natural feedback so they can check their counting.


Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.