# What Comes Before? - Lesson for Preschool, Chapter - Number Stories - 1 Less

In the "What Comes Before?" lesson, preschool students embark on an exciting journey to explore the concept of "1 Less" within the realm of counting up to 5. This foundational lesson, nestled under the chapter "Number Stories - 1 Less" in the "Counting to 5" unit, uses engaging activities like the "Roller Coaster Fun Worksheet" and the "What Train Car Comes Before? Worksheet." Through these activities, learners will develop their understanding of numerical order by identifying the number that comes before a given number within the 1-5 range.

Understanding the concept of "1 Less" is critical at this developmental stage as it lays the groundwork for more complex mathematical skills such as subtraction, pattern recognition, and the ability to compare quantities. This lesson encourages students to think critically and enhances their problem-solving skills. Moreover, identifying what comes before helps in improving memory and concentration, as students must remember sequences of numbers. By incorporating fun worksheets, this lesson ensures that students not only learn this essential mathematical concept but also enjoy the process, fostering a positive attitude towards learning math.

Estimated classroom time: 10 min
Chapter: Number Stories - 1 Less
Unit: Counting to 5
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1st
3:00 min
Roller Coaster Fun Worksheet
worksheet
2nd
3:00 min
What Train Car Comes Before? Worksheet
worksheet
3rd
4:00 min
Identifying 1 Less and What Comes Before
Quiz
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• ### Activity 1 / Roller Coaster Fun Worksheet

Roller coasters are very fun to ride, no doubt. Although they can be pretty scary, very little else can match the thrill that comes with riding a bumpy rollercoaster. Ask your kids if they have ever been on a rollercoaster, and where. There are three roller coasters in the printable worksheet. Carefully examine each one with your kids, and help them check the box for the number that comes before in the roller coaster.

• ### Activity 2 / What Train Car Comes Before? Worksheet

This worksheet makes use of colorful objects which your child can easily identify and work with. Look at the picture in this downloadable printout with your kids. Can they tell you what the object is? There are three trains pictured, and each one has a group of toys in it. Together with your kids, count the group of toys in the trains. Then, help your child figure out and check the missing group of toys from the options provided.

• ### Activity 3 / Identifying 1 Less and What Comes Before - Quiz

This quiz assesses students’ ability to solve problems that ask students to identify 1 less and what comes before.