Kindergarten Lesson Plan on Counting Using My Granny Went to Market

Kindergarten Lesson Plan on Counting Using My Granny Went to Market
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My Granny Went to Market is a rhyming story about Granny traveling around the world to collect items indicative of each region she visits. Students will have the opportunity to count the items at each stop she makes. After reading, the students will do a partner activity. A worksheet is included to be used in the classroom or as homework.


1. Count to answer ‘how many?’ questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1 - 20, count out that many objects. K.CC.B.5.

2. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality. K.CC.B4


1. Book: My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone

2. File Cards - Write one number (1-10) on each card. Use more of the higher numbers (6-10). Have enough cards so that each student can have one.

3. Globe or world map

4. Copies of the worksheet - Download here

5. Alternative Book: 1,2,3 by Simon Basher. This book is a little more childish looking but contains numbers 1-20.


Gather the students close around you as you read the book My Granny Went to Market. Count the items together or allow individual students to come forward and count the items. At the end of the book there is a list of the stops on the route she followed. Use the globe or map to point to the places she visited.


Students will work with a partner.

  • Place the cards face down on the floor.
  • One student from each pair of students chooses a card.
  • The student looks at the number, gathers that amount of objects and places it in front of his/her partner.
  • That child counts the objects and compares the result to the number on the card.
  • Do it again but switch roles.

Seatwork or Homework

Use the worksheet as an assessment tool, seatwork or homework. You may also choose to have the students check each other’s work.


  • Blackstone, Stella. My Granny Went to Market. Barefoot Books, 1995.
  • Basher, Simon. 1,2,3. Kingfisher Books, 2012.