Video: Counting Objects up to 10

In this video, we will learn how to count up to 10 objects arranged in different ways.

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Video Transcript

Counting Objects up to 10

In this video, we’re going to practice counting up to 10 objects. And we’re going to learn that the number of objects doesn’t change even if they’re arranged in different ways. Here are some birds. They’re standing in a line balancing on a wire. How many birds are there? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. There are seven birds, and we could represent our seven birds by using seven counters in a line.

Now, let’s imagine that the same birds fly off making a circle shape. How many birds are there now? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Even though the arrangement or the position of the birds is different, the number is still the same. We can show seven in many different ways. Now, let’s practice counting some objects in different arrangements.

How many cats are there?

The cats in this problem are standing in a line, and we’re being asked how many are there. We need to count the cats. We could use a 10-frame and counters to help us. To start with, let’s put one counter underneath each cat. We know we have the same number of counters as cats. Now, let’s move each counter onto the 10-frame. And as we do so, let’s count them. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10. There are 10 counters, and our 10-frame is full. We’ve counted the number of cats using counters. How many cats are there? There are 10 cats.

Let’s practice counting more objects.

How many stars are found in the flag of Singapore?

Singapore is a country, and this is what its flag looks like. It’s made up of a moon shape or a crescent and some stars. We’re asked, how many stars are there? The stars are in a circle arrangement or pattern. To help us remember which stars we’ve counted, why don’t we draw rings around them as we say each number? We’ll start counting at the top. One, two, three, four, five. We’ve counted five stars. The flag of Singapore shows five stars.

The objects in our next question make a rectangular shape, but we can still count them.

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.

The objects in this question were in nice neat patterns. But what if they’re all jumbled up and not really making a pattern at all? Can we still count them? Let’s try.

Count the jewels aloud, and then write the number.

In the picture, we can see some shiny jewels. Now, they’re not making a nice neat line, but this doesn’t matter. We can still count them. In the question, we’re asked to count the jewels aloud. And then once we finish, we need to write the number. Let’s point to each jewel and say each number out loud. And as you watch the video, count aloud too. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. We’ve counted the jewels, and there are seven of them.

So to answer the question, we need to complete the second part. We need to write the number seven. And the number seven looks like this. We counted the jewels out loud, and then we’ve written the number to represent how many there are. There are seven jewels.

We’ve counted objects in all sorts of shapes. In our final example, let’s see how we can represent the same number in different ways.

Count the red cubes. Which set of cubes has the same number as set A?

In the first picture, we can see a line of red cubes, and they’re labelled set A. We’re asked to count the red cubes. How many are there? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. There are seven red cubes. Now, we’re given three more sets of cubes to look at, this time they’re yellow cubes. And we’re asked, which set of cubes has the same number as set A? Well, if we look at our cubes, they look different.

For a start, they’re not red; they’re yellow. And they’re not in a line. They’re all jumbled up. None of them look the same as set A. But we know different arrangements of objects can still show the same number. Let’s count our sets of yellow cubes until we find one that has seven cubes just like the red. Let’s count the first set to begin with. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. We’re looking for a set of seven cubes. So, this answer is not right.

Let’s count our second set. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. This set of cubes has the same number as set A. Let’s count the final set just to check. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven — oh this is going to be more than seven — eight, nine. We counted seven red cubes. And we know that it doesn’t matter how cubes are arranged or even what color they are. We can still show the same number in a different way. And so, the set of yellow cubes that has the same number as set A is the one that contains seven cubes.

Well, what have we learned in this video? Well, firstly, we’ve learned to count up to 10 objects. We’ve had lots of practice at doing this. We’ve also learned that even if we change the arrangement of the same number of objects, the number stays the same.

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