Comment on Unit 2, Session 2.2, E: Story

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    Tony Pasternak

    Excerpt: Note that the story also assumes some background knowledge of counting and subitizing; when the snake came upon the second group of mice, how did he know there were four of them without counting one, two, three, four before counting four, five, six, seven? It seems he was able to look at the group of mice and see (or subitize) four.

    If the snake knows how to count on, he may not have to know how to subitize, i.e. know there were 4 mice in the second group.

    Martina Metz

    Yes, it may be more accurate to say that the narrator of the book could subitize. For kids, the important thing is that they either have an image to count on with or are able to represent the 4 new eggs on their fingers.

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