Character Counting

After reflecting on the many ways students have helped around their home, students will create individual number stories.  Stories will be created,  illustrated, and shared.

Trautwein Accelerated Elementary School

Grade Level: 1-3
Estimated Time: 30 minutes at least
Connections to’s Eleven Principles: Promotes core values (Principles 1, 2, 3), Provides students with opportunities for moral action (Principle 5).
Connections to Core Values: responsibility, caring, service

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will formulate a math story that includes a number sentence using information from service activities done at home.

Materials Needed

  • Chart paper
  • story paper
  • pencils, markers
  • crayons
  • math manipulatives


Teacher gathers students on carpet. Teacher shares examples of ways that she helped her family as a child. Teacher writes and illustrates a number story for students on chart paper. Teacher invites students to share orally ways they have helped around their home. Teacher illustrates one of the students’ number stories on chart paper. Students are invited to go back to their table to create an individual number story. Students meet back on the carpet area to share their stories aloud. Stories are displayed in classroom or hallway.


Teachers can create a rubric to assess various skills exhibited in the lesson. These would include: punctuation, spelling, math skills, oral presentation skills.

Extensions and Adaptations

A class book could be created with the number stories. Book could be used for review.


Christina Peterman
Trautwein First Grade Teacher
Mehlville School District