In this activity the students get the chance to practice decomposing number 4-10 in different ways: each ladybug has a number on its head that is the number to decompose. On the bottom of each ladybug page- there are dots (the number of the dots corresponds to the number on the ladybug). You will have to cut the dots beforehand and allow the student to place them on the ladybug in any way they want as long as all the dots are on the ladybug. Then, the students will use the recording sheet to record the equation they found. For example: if the number on the ladybug is 6, there will be 6 dots to place on the ladybug. Then, the students write the equation according to the placement of the dots: 2 on the left and 4 on the right→ 2+4=6
Next, the student can move one (or more) dots and by doing so create a new equation: 3 on the right and 3 on the left will make this equation: 3+3=6.
These ladybugs can be used as a teaching tool, a math center, independent practice, review, assessment, or in any other way you see fit. The large print, defined space for each number/ word and the absence of distracting graphics are all purposeful adaptations for different learners.