One Two Three: How-To

Basic Instructions 

  • Have students get into pairs. Choose which student will be A and which student will be B. Have students count to three back and forth with one player saying each number after the other.

Example:

A – “one”

B – “two”

A – “three”

B – “one”

A – “two”

  • Ask student A to create a gesture (movement) that will represent a vocabulary word and replace the number one. Students will now attempt to count again using the gesture and corresponding vocabulary word in place of the number one.

Example:

A – VOCABULARY 1

B – “two”

A – “three”

B – VOCABULARY 1

A – “two”

  • Ask student B to create a gesture for a different vocabulary word that will replace the number two. Students will now attempt to count again using the vocabulary words and corresponding gestures they created in place of the numbers one and two.

Example:

A – VOCABULARY 1

B – VOCABULARY 2

A – “three”

B – VOCABULARY 1

A – VOCABULARY 2

B – “three”

Ask students A and B to create a gesture together to represent a different vocabulary word that will replace the number three. Students will now attempt to count again using only the vocabulary and corresponding gestures they created in place of the numbers.

Example:

A – VOCABULARY 1

B – VOCABULARY 2

A – VOCABULARY 3

B – VOCABULARY 1

A – VOCABULARY 2

B – VOCABULARY 3

Possible Reflection Questions

  • What vocabulary did we review today?
  • How did your gestures help communicate the vocabulary?
  • What helped you and your partner to feel successful?

Scaffolding Tips for Success

  • Model counting and creating gestures with a student before heading into groups