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Tally Up!

Grades K-1


Starting with the Denali National Park and Preserve quarter, the students will understand that tally marks will help them keep track of the number of letters in the words “ALASKA” and “DENALI.”  The teacher will read a text about tally marks and model making groups of five tally marks, then counting and adding them up.  Using the quarter images for 2010 and 2011, the students will tally how many quarters show animals and how many do not.  The students will work with a partner to tally animals with fur versus feathers, and to create a class survey.


Denali National Park and Preserve Quarter Reverse

United States Map

Tally Up!

2010 and 2011 Quarters

Tally Up Fur and Feathers!


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Tally Up!

National Standards


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (

  • Number and operations: Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems.

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