1:1 correspondence is one of the most important early math skills we teach students. There are a ton of way that you can practice this skill, so you may be stuck on where to start. Let me show you 3 ways to work on 1:1 correspondence.
1:1 Correspondence Peg Board
The first way you can work on 1:1 correspondence is in an errorless way like this peg board. I inherited this activity from the teacher before me, but you could make this type of activity in a ton of ways! I like starting to teach 1:1 correspondence like this because it is a tangible task that teaches the skill in a concrete way. The student sees the number, then puts the pegs in the holes to count out three.
Another way you could use this type of activity is to just provide the peg board and pegs, then show a field of numbers for the student to identify the quantity. I usually will start doing this type of activity once a student has a good grasp on 1:1 correspondence. Again, you don’t have to have this exact activity. You could totally DIY this!
Counting Clip Cards
These DIY 1:1 correspondence clip cards are a great option for teaching 1:1 correspondence. All you need for this is a piece of laminated cardstock with a number glued to it with holes punched out and clips. This is another great option for initially teaching 1:1 correspondence. Plus, you get the bonus of working on fine motor skills! As your students advance, you could cover up the number on the card and show them a field of numbers or have them verbally tell you how many they counted. This activity will last you for years!
File Folder Activities
File folders are a staple activity in my classroom. I have crates upon crates full of all different types of file folders. This activity is another great DIY 1:1 correspondence activity that will last you for years. I have in order and out of order versions of this file folder, as well as 1-5, 1-10, mixed, etc. This is a great independent activity you could incorporate into your classroom. If you’re looking for some file folders you don’t have to DIY, check out this bundle HERE.
1:1 correspondence can be such a fun skill to teach your students. What are your favorite ways to teach 1:1 correspondence? Let me know in the comments! If you want to read more about how I teach math in my classroom, check out my math centers blog here!