How many umbrellas are there?
To answer a question that asked us
how many, we need to count. And we’ve been given a picture of
some umbrellas to count. How could we make sure we count
each umbrella? We could start by putting a cube
next to each umbrella. There we go. There are the same number of cubes
as there are umbrellas, so all we need to do is to count the cubes. One, two, three, four — that’s the
top row done, let’s carry on counting — five, six, seven, eight.
So, we know there are eight
umbrellas. The cubes are in a tall tower and
the umbrellas are making a rectangle shape. But both arrangements show the
number eight. We can show the same number in
different ways. We’ve counted the umbrellas and we
can say there are eight.