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TouchMath Extend

Lesson 1: Numbers 0–2

Lesson Objectives

  • Review Touching/Counting Patterns for numbers 1-9, reiterate 0 has no TouchPoints.  
  • Recognize numerals 0-9 and count to 2 
  • Match numerals to sets of 1-2 objects, represent numbers with pictures (dots), and to trace the numerals 0-2. 
  • Associate quantities with Pictorial TouchPoints (TPPs), represent quantities with TouchPoints, and apply Touching/Counting Patterns 


  • Extend Workbook (Page 1) 
  • TouchMath’s Foam Numerals 
  • TouchMath’s TouchPoints with Pictures (TPP) and without pictures 
  • Plastic Bags (Quart or Gallon) for each student 
  • Objects or items of “1” or “2” (e.g. counters, race cars, rocks, TouchPoints) 
  • Counters or objects for counting  

Step 1: Warm Up (5 min)

Take out TouchMaths Foam Numerals and TouchPoints with Pictures (TPP). Make plastic bags of TPP for each student to practice for numbers 1 and 2 – either preset and make for them, or let students pick their TPP. Practice using manipulatives of your choosing (TPP or other manipulatives) and practice sorting groups of 1 and 2 with manipulatives. Review TouchPoints and counting patterns on worksheet. Can also sort 1 and 2 items by color as an extension (e.g. “two blue counters” “one red counter”) with the words zero, one, two at the top and manipulatives for each object underneath each. 

Step 2: Vocab Review (5 min)

Using the words “Zero,” “One,” and “Two,” place TouchMath’s Foam Numerals 0, 1, and 2 under its corresponding numeral. Place one small counter or object under the numeral 1 and two counters or objects under the numeral 2. 

Step 3: Model (5 min)

Take the TouchMath’s Foam Numeral 0 and place in front of your students with zero objects, the Foam Numeral 1 with 1 object, and the Foam Numeral 2 with 2 objects. Then, place TouchPoints on each Foam Numeral and count aloud as you place them on the Foam Numeral. Teach the counting patterns on the TouchPoints. 

Step 4: Guided Practice (5 min)

Give students TouchMath’s Foam Numerals and their own plastic bag of TouchPoints with Pictures. Have them take out the Foam Touch Numerals 0-2 and practice putting TouchPoints (with or without Pictures) on the Foam Numerals, counting as they place them on the Touch Numerals. Give students images or items of “1” and “2” objects (e.g. 1 heart, 1 counter, picture of 1 cookie, 2 fish, 2 race cars, pictures of 2 dolphins) and place under the numeral 1 or 2 (match objects to numerals). 

Step 5: Student Practice (5 min)

Go to the Student Workbook Page (1). Have students count numbers 0-9 on the TouchPoints and then trace the numbers. Trace 0 two times and remind students that zero has no TouchPoints, so you never touch and count zero. Have students slide finger down 1 and say “1” aloud as they trace with their finger, then trace the number 1, and draw one dot in the five-frame. Repeat this step for the number two, placing two dots in the five-frame. 

Step 6: Wrap Up (5 min)

Review lesson objectives, key vocabulary words, and Touching/Counting Patterns.