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Introducing the concept of “1 less than a given number” to kindergarten students involves helping them understand the idea of counting one fewer item. Here’s a simple guide:

- Ask students to count “1 less” than the given number. For 5, they would count: “5, 4.”
- Engage in interactive activities where students physically remove one item from a set. For example, if there are five blocks, take one away to make it four.
- Repeat the concept with different numbers, reinforcing the idea that “1 less” means subtracting one from the current quantity.
- Use simple language such as “One less means taking away one,” or “What comes before 5? It’s 1 less than 5.”
- Repeat the phrase “1 less” and encourage students to use it in sentences. For instance, “I have 5, and if I take away 1, I have 4.”

Understanding the concept of “1 less than” lays the foundation for subtraction and helps students develop a sense of number progression in the reverse direction.

Count the number of objects, then cross out one object and give the new count. Learn one less than a given number by counting down. Count down from 10 to 1 and state 1 less than a given number. Fill in the missing numbers.

Count the balloons and basketballs. Cross out one and count the balloons and basketballs now. Write how many.

Discussion:

What happens when you cross out 1 object from a group of objects?

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