Ice cream counting assessment

This number task assesses the areas of read, recognise, order, count and make collections.

Preparation...

To prepare for this activity I pre-cut lots of ice cream scoops out on different patterned paper. I know lots of people are against doing the cutting for their students. I however think that if it is not assessing the cutting then there is no harm in speeding up the process! My kiddies get lots of opportunities to cut during our day. You will need 10 scoops for each student.

I then copied the ice cream cones onto brown card. 

Finally enlarge the recording sheet to A3.

Administering the task...

To get the most valid and accurate information on your students progress this task is best started one-on-one. Once they have begun bring in a second student to start. I started by giving each child a set of icecream cones and asked them to identify the numbers, and then pass me the cones in order. Glue them down.

Students will glue 1 scoop to each cone and then add the matching number of "sprinkles" (gems). I chose to use these self adhesive gems instead of sequins (a much cheaper option) as i felt that the sequins could easily come unstuck - taking away from the students ability to complete the task. The gems I found were $3.50 for a sheet of 100 (each student needs 55 gems) at Kmart so depending how many students you have this could become costly....