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Ten, Nine, Eight
Author: Molly Bang
Illustrator: Molly Bang
Publisher: Greenwillow
Copyright: 1983
ISBN: 978-0-688-10480-1
Number of Pages: 24
Ohio Standards Alignment: Grades preK–K

In this Caldecott Honor book, a father gets his daughter ready for bed. As they go through their nighttime ritual, they find objects to count, starting at 10 and moving backwards to 1. Identifying the numerals 1-10, counting forward and backward, and beginning subtraction ideas can be taught or reinforced by reading one-on-one with a student or with a small group. Students will delight in finding and counting the objects pictured.

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How to Use This Book

  • Teachers can read to students individually or in small groups and ask students to predict what number comes next in counting backward.
  • As the teacher is reading, students can count the objects on each page.
  • Students can trace the numerals in the air.
  • Teachers can introduce and discuss the meaning of pairs on the page with the "seven empty shoes." What happened to the missing shoe?
  • Teachers can ask different students to count the objects on a page to show that the order in which the objects are counted does not matter.
  • Students could be challenged to make their own bedtime counting book or modify this counting book to match their own bedtime routine.

Highlights and Insights

  • This book could be used as one of several that helps students become familiar with the counting numbers 1-10.
  • The mathematics in this book is important because it provides the foundation for students to construct higher level concepts such as addition and subtraction facts.
  • A number line could be used as the book is being read so that students can develop the number line model for subtracting.
  • ORC Resource #4318, Links Away: Counting Back and Counting On, provides an extensive list of similar books to reinforce the ideas in Ten, Nine, Eight.

Related ORC Resources

Links Away 1: Counting Back and Counting On
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ORC# 4318
Resource Information
Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades K–1
Professional Commentary: Students listen to a counting book like Ten Little Rabbits that illustrates counting backwards from ten. They model the actions in the story with counters or links and write the associated subtraction problems both horizontally and vertically....
Comparing Connecting Cubes 1: Counting Back and Counting On
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ORC# 4302
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Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades K–1
Professional Commentary: Students listen to a counting story and model counting forward and backward with adding and removing blocks on a connecting cube train. They make two trains, compare their lengths, and write subtraction sentences....
How Many More Fish? 1: Counting Back
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ORC# 3989
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Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades K–2
Professional Commentary: Students listen to a story and sing a song that refers to subtracting one element at a time from a set of ten elements. They make sets with one more or one less element than a given set....
Let's Count to 5
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ORC# 3760
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Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades PreK–Kindergarten
Professional Commentary: In this unit of 6 lessons, students make groups of zero through five objects and connect number words to the groups. They use numerals to record the size of a group....
Let's Count to 10
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ORC# 3758
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Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades PreK–Kindergarten
Professional Commentary: This eight-lesson unit features activities in various modalities in which students work with progressively larger sets containing 5-10 elements. They count the elements, write numerals, and make sets with more or fewer elements....
Begin With Buttons 3: How Many Buttons?
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ORC# 4268
Resource Information
Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades K–2
Professional Commentary: This lesson focuses on two main ideas: the cardinality of sets with 10 or fewer elements and the identification of buttons by multiple attributes. Students make sets of buttons with the same number of buttons or one more or one less than a given number....

Ohio Standards

Number, Number Sense and Operations Standard
    Benchmarks (K-2)
    F. Count, using numerals and ordinal numbers.
    Grade Level Indicators (K)
    4. Determine "how many" in sets (groups) of 10 or fewer objects.
    5. Relate, read and write numerals for single-digit numbers (0 to 9).
    10. Model and represent addition as combining sets and counting on, and subtraction as take-away and comparison. For example:
    a. Combine and separate small sets of objects in contextual situations; e.g., add or subtract one, two, or another small amount.
    b. Count on (forward) and count back(backward) on a number line between 0 and 10.
    Grade Level Indicators (pre-K)
    1. Count to 10 in the context of daily activities and play.