And I'm Possum.
Oh, there it is.
One, two, three.
I wonder how many steps it would take from here to Sally's door.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!
Oh, hi everyone.
Did you bring the carrots, Possum?
Yes, I've got three.
Oh, that's great!
It's easy to see three there.
Yes, you're right. There are three.
Sally, I was counting outside and it was much harder.
I was counting my steps from the garden to the kitchen.
Oh, it was hard.
Oh, I'm sure it would be a bigger number than three.
Well, it was.
There were 10 steps.
I can show you a different way to record what you count.
We can use tally marks.
I'm going to count.
1, 2, 3, 4 and the fifth mark is this way.
These are called tally marks.
That… Hmm, I'm confused.
How about I get the easel and we can draw some more?
Can you get the basket of fruit, please?
Alright, this is all the fruit we have.
Now, I'm going to show you how to count them by tallying them up.
Would you like to make the marks?
Yeah, can I?
There's the pen.
When I point to each piece of fruit, you make the mark.
And this one?
Good job Possum.
Now, can you tell me how many we've got altogether by counting the tally marks?
Possum, remember they're in groups of five.
See how many we've got.
5, 10, 15.
Um, 20, 25.
That's right, we've got 30 pieces of fruit altogether.
Wow, that's a lot of fruit.
This is a great way of counting big numbers so if we have lots of things to count, using tally marks is great.
There's another way we can count too.
We can split them into categories for the different types of fruit, ok?
Can you make three columns for me please?
Now, at the top of the first column, can you pick a piece of fruit and draw a picture of it?
Hmm, an apple perhaps?
Yeah, an apple!
Can you draw that please?
What's the next fruit you're going to draw?
Oh, that looks great!
Now, what's the last piece of fruit?
Oh, that looks fantastic!
Now, can you tally up how many apples, bananas and oranges we have?
Well done Possum.
Now, how many apples do we have all up?
Um… Oh, wait.
That's right, 14.
Would you like me to write 14, or do you want to do it?
Oh, you do it, Sally.
Now, how many bananas do we have?
Here you go.
Now, how many oranges?
Um… Oh, that's easy.
It's a nice and easy way to count things, isn't it?
Oh, thank you so much, Sally.
That dip looks delicious.
What is it?
Oh, that's hummus.
It is delicious.
Oh, Sally, thank you so much for teaching me to do tally marks.
Can I go see Skip and tell him that I now know how to do tally marks?
What a great idea!
While you're over there, why don't you give the hummus to Skip?
Hmm, what's this?
Oh, Sally has made hummus.
The carrots and the celery can be used as spoons.
Oh and it's extra special because you can eat them both.
That looks delicious but I can tell by your face that you're very excited.
Sally has just taught me how to count using tally marks so I can go 1, 2, 3, 4, and the fifth is a line through the middle.
Oh, that's a good and easy way to count.
Possum, tally marks are a useful way to work.
Oh, has Sally taught you about categories and then marking how many you've got of each?
She taught me by using fruit.
We used them as categories.
Skip, can I count something in here?
Oh, it would be great for you to count all my hammers.
Yeah, and my chisels.
Could you help me do that?
I'll get the easel.
Huh, huh, huh.
Oh Skip, Sally's here!
Oh well, hello, hello.
Possum, have you explained to Skip how you've been counting things?
Oh yes, he's very excited.
He'd like to count all my tools.
Perhaps, Sally, you could help him?
That would be great, as I'm trying to think how to get my marble run finished.
I think better with some fresh air so I might head up to my crow's nest to help my imagination work.
Oh, that looks great, Possum.
Now, Sally, we've got hammers.
Yes and drills.
Sally, this would be fantastic for helping children to learn how to tally.
Oh yes, that's right.
Why don't we watch some children learning more about counting and how to tally?
Yeah, let's watch!
I can count in fives.
5, 10, 15, 20, 25.
Sometimes, it's quicker to count when using tallies.
How many have you got?
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18.
20, 25, 30, 35.
30, 33, 36.
Oh, that was great!
Oh, that was fantastic.
Those children learned so many different ways to count!
I'm ready now.
Let's start over there.
OK, let's go.
Right, now you stand here.
Mm-hm, and you tally.
Now we need to count the totals of each tool.
Oh that's a great job Possum.
Look what we did.
Oh, you've done a very good job.
I've got seven hammers?
Wow, and look at all the chisels I've got.
Goodness me, got all sorts of different chisels, Skip, long ones and short ones.
Yes, and wide ones and narrow ones.
They're all different.
Well, it's very important to have lots of different chisels.
That means I can chisel pieces of wood into different shapes and make some lovely joints.
Oh, that's great, Skip.
Thank you so much, but it's time for me to go now.
I've got more counting to do.
Alright, that's fine.
Oh, this looks great, Skip.
Wow Possum, you have been so busy counting all of my things.
Look at the massive list you've made.
Oh, good job!
I've learned so much about tally marks and counting.
Ah, and counting tools.
You've been doing a lot of thinking today.
What a lot of new ideas you've learned.
You've learned so much!
Well, our time is up.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time.
Sally look, up here.
The cups, they're in there.
Right, and then the plates, over there.
Possum is good at counting, but sometimes he needs to record just how many he has counted. Sally teaches him how to tally. Now, what about all those tools in Skip's shed?