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Here’s some fun addition practice just right for spring – or any time of year, as we’re still waiting for the snow to melt at our house!
First I gave my Four and Five a copy of this math mat. Then I gave them a total of five toy insects, since we’d be working on addition facts with 5 as the answer.
My Four put some insects inside the jar, and some insects outside it (except in this picture, where he put them all inside it).
I gave my daughter this worksheet. I told her to draw the correct number of bugs inside the jar and outside it, as displayed on the mat.
I should have been clearer about the drawing… I didn’t expect her to draw each bug in detail! She tired of this by the third example, as you can imagine. A dot to represent the bugs is perfectly fine.
My Four wanted to use a real jar, so we put aside the math mat and played this way for a little while.
1) Use pom-poms, buttons or other manipulatives to represent insects.
2) Put the mat and insects in a small box with a lid. Shake. Open the lid to see how many bugs are in and out of the jar.
3) Use a real jar (large or small), and stand above it. Drop the insects from overhead. Then count to see how many are in and out of the jar.
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