Teacher guide Counting games - years 1 and 2

TLF ID M013995

This is a teacher resource that includes a set of student activities including counting games, focusing on numbers to 100, accompanied by copy masters and a detailed teacher guide for each activity. The games include the Korean number counting game sam yew gew - referred to as 'sam-yuk-gu' in the Australian Curriculum. The resource describes variations of this game that could work for different age groups. The resource explains how games such as sam yew gew and skip-counting activities can be supported by physical representations of number such as number boards, and suggests extension activities using Chinese and Japanese abacuses (suanpan and soroban).

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource that supports the Number and Algebra strand in the mathematics curriculum for years 1 and 2. It is particularly relevant for the content descriptions that refer to developing confidence with number sequences to and from 100 by ones from any starting point and skip counting by twos, fives and tens starting from zero; and investigating number sequences.
  • This resource supports the Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority. It provides a detailed explanation of how to play the Korean counting game sam yew gew (sam-yuk-gu) and makes suggestions for variations of this game including using physical representations of numbers as support.
  • This resource is useful in suggesting extension activities for years 2 and 4 involving the Chinese and Japanese abacuses (suanpan and soroban).
  • This resource supports the numeracy and intercultural understanding general capabilities.
Year level

1; 2; 3; 4

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: University of Melbourne
  • Organization: University of Melbourne
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • Publisher
  • Name: Asia Education Foundation
  • Organization: Asia Education Foundation
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.asiaeducation.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Text
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