One of our Missouri Grade Level Expectations reads: connect number words (orally) and quantities they represent. Which do you think it means? We have called and emailed the state dept. for clarification because we've had mixed interpretations from teachers, but we haven't received a response yet. I just thought I'd see what others think. 1. The child reads the word seven orally and counts out seven objects. or 2. The student looks at the number 7, says the number and counts out 7 objects.