Counters With a sorting focus
• Sorting and classifying
Counters do not have to be round plastic discs. Students can count anything, including natural and manufactured materials. Many counters have a dual purpose, that of counting and sorting and classifying. Transport counters or animal counters are examples of counters that may be sorted according to various criteria, such as colour, size, type of animal/vehicle.
Counters (Sorting) Language
Using Counters with a sorting focus
The transport counters could be sorted in colour groupings, that is, all of the red counters, green counters and so on could be sorted into groups. Each different type of vehicle could be sorted into a group, eg helicopters, tug boats. Two criteria could be applied to the sorting, that is, yellow trains.
Counters may be used as objects to count by asking, “how many planes are there?”