Math Lesson Ideas for the Number 2 (two)

Math Lesson Ideas for the Number 2 (two)

Objective:  Help children recognize the number 2 and the word “two”, numbers are used for counting, count 2 objects, learn to write “2” and “two”.


  • Find an art print or picture from a calendar or magazine with good examples of “TWO”.
  • Optional:  Have connecting blocks or die-cut apples in two colors.
  • Have stickers.
  • Write the number “2” and the word “two” on a word card.  Use the “1 one “ word card from the “ONE” lesson.
  • Decide on a simple book, poem or nursery rhyme that has good examples of two.  Possibly use, “One, Two, Buckle my Shoe”.  (Included at the end.)
  • Have colored paper and pencil for each child.

Lesson Ideas:

  • Display the word card with “2 two”.  Discuss the difference between the number “2” and the word “two”.  Compare to the number “1 one” card.
  • Read a simple book or poem.  Discuss the examples of two. Discuss different body parts to see how many they have.  Do you have two legs?  two eyes? Etc.
  • Show the picture and have each child pick out two things in the picture.
  • Show how to make the number 2.  Have them make them in the air with their finger.  Have them close their eyes and write the number 2 in the air.
  • Give each child a paper and pencil.  Have or help them write their name.  Show the word card again for “2 two”.  Have them write a number “2” several times, and the word “two”.  (If a child has a hard time writing their letters, write the word “two” with a yellow pencil and have them trace it.)  Put out stickers and have them select 2 for their paper.  (They could also draw two things.)

Extension ideas:  Possibly include some comparison or patterning activities with connecting blocks or die-cut apples.  (small, medium, large, same, different, AABB pattern, etc.)

Nursery Rhyme:

One, two, Buckle my shoe;

Three, four, Shut the door;

Five, six, Pick up sticks;

Seven, eight, Lay them straight;

What do you remember because of a song?

We remember best what we learn through music.

Simple and catchy works best.  Take simple tunes and put anything you want to learn or teach children to those tunes.  I teach the months of the year to the tune of  Ten Little IndiansNo special music talent is needed to teach with music.  Have fun with musical learning.

Phonics By Spelling has fun, simple music and pictures for learning all 44 phonetic sounds.

Ranch Dressing- Simple and Tasty

Ranch Dressing

  •  1 tsp. dry parsley
  •  ½  tsp. garlic powder
  •  1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ½  tsp. instant minced onion
  •  1 tsp. pepper
  • pinch of oregano

Mix spices with 2 cups of buttermilk.  Then add 1½ – 2 cups of mayonnaise. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 min. (Will keep refrigerated for several weeks.)

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Letter Formation

Teaching Handwriting

Teaching a one-stroke method for Lowercase letters (except for “f, i, j, k, t, and x”) makes handwriting easier, neater, faster, and makes cursive easier when they are older.   Letters are started one of 4 ways:

  1. First, “l, i, j, t, h, b, p, r, n, and m” are started with a straight line down, and finished with an up and over the hill in the case of “h, b, p, r, n, and m”.   The “b” is made by coming straight down, then up and over like an “h”, then tucked under.  (Associating “b” with “h” and helping children connect their similarities will help children keep “b” and “d” straight in their mind.)
  2. Second, the letters “a, d, g, q, s, and o” are started by writing a “c”.  Such as, “a” starts like a “c”, then go up and touch where the “c” starts, and come straight down.  Wait about 6 weeks after you have taught “b”, to introduce “d”.  This will help children keep these two letters straight.  Associating “d” with “a” and connecting their similarities, will help children be less confused between “b” and “d”.  Most children get them mixed-up.  Just keep comparing “b” to “h” and “d” to “a”, and they will eventually get it straight.  Here is a sample instruction for “d”:   “d” is made by starting at the broken line, go around like a “c”, then go up to the top line, then come straight down to the bottom line.
  3. Third, “u” and “y” are started by drawing a smile, then come straight down.  In the case of “y”, add a hook like in the j and g (For example see picture below).  Teaching “y” this way will do two things.  It will make the “y” easier, and it won’t look like an “x”.  Also, it will make the transition to cursive easier.
  4. Fourth, v, w, x, k, and z are the angled letters.  These are harder for children to form.  Teach these later in your instruction, unless the child has one in their name.

We have phonics based lesson plans that provide great ideas for kindergarten, preschool, or home schools.  Visit our website.


Applesauce     20140821_141933

  • Peel, core and slice one apple per person.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until apples are soft.
  • Mash with a potato masher.
  • Add sugar and cinnamon to taste.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Objective:  Children will learn about apples.
  • Find drawings or pictures of apples and apple trees from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Gather the following materials; Apples, Knife, Paper, Paint: red; yellow and green, Paper plate.

  • Decide on a book to read.     Suggested books: The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall ,The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons,Ten Apples Up On Top! By Theo LeSieg.,
  • Read a book. 
  • Discuss apples while showing pictures or books.
  • Discuss that an apple is a fruit.
  • It is important to eat fruit to be healthy. 
  • It is fun to cut an apple in half horizontally to show the children the star pattern created by the seeds.

Discussion Questions:

  • What color are apples?
  • How do they grow?
  • How do they taste?
  • What can we make with apples?

Activity: Apple Stamping

  • Cut your apple in half( for an apple-shaped stamp cut the apple vertically – cutting it horizontally makes a circular shaped stamp.)
  • Pour paint onto a pie tin or plastic plate.
  • Dip your apple into the paint.
  • Stamp your apples on the paper.
  • Set aside to dry.

Making Applesauce is a fun activity with children.  Applesauce blog to be posted soon.

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Teach about Summer–The Season


Objective: Help children see and experience summer and how it is different to other seasons.


  • Find drawings or pictures from books, magazines or old calendars of summer activities, food, and sun protection items.
  • Print the attached worksheet. Downloadable PDF link: summer vs. winter worksheet
  • A world globe and lamp.
  • Decide on a book to read.  Suggested books: The Wonderful Tree, by Adelaide Holl,  Wake Up, Jeremiah, by Ann Himler,   The Sky Dog, by Brinton Turkle,   Frog and Toad Together, by Arnold Lobel The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons


Read a book(s) then discuss while showing pictures:

Discussion Questions:

  • Why do we have summer?  Summer is the time when our part of the earth tilts towards the sun. This can be demonstrated by holding the lamp next to the globe and explaining how the earth is tilted on its axis. Rotate the globe around the lamp showing how the Northern Hemisphere is tilted more toward the Sun which causes the sun to rise higher in the sky and set later causing longer days. The rays of the sun hit the earth more directly causing hotter weather. In the N. Hemisphere, winter is when the hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun, the Sun rises low in the sky, and sets earlier causing shorter days. The rays of the sun strike the ground more obliquely causing colder weather.
  • What is the weather/temperature like in the summer? It is the warmest season of the year.
  • What are some ways to protect ourselves from heat and sunburn?  Use sunscreen, Wear a hat, Wear Sunglasses , Drink a lot of water
  • What kind of things do we do in the summer?  Play in the water. Go on vacations/camping. Celebrate the fourth of July, Ride Bikes, Play summer sports like baseball and soccer. Have picnics.
  • What kind of foods do we eat/drink in the summer?  Ice Cream, Popsicles, Watermelon
  • How is summer different from winter? 

Activity: Worksheet 

How do we dress differently in the summer than in the winter?  Have the children do the attached worksheet. Discuss with them what each picture is and to which column it belongs. Ask why each article of clothing would be appropriate for that season.

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