Decomposing Numbers 7, 8 and 9
This set of 6 activities can be done as partner activities or as individual skill practice.
When working independently, the student is given the said number of objects, (7, 8 or 9) divides them several times on the work mat area and records the decomposition.
When working with a partner, each pair of children should be given the stated number of manipulatives. The partners take turns going first. First partner places “some” of the manipulatives on his side and writes their number on the line on that side. The second partner puts the rest of the manipulatives on the other side and writes his number. I like to give them each a different color marker or crayon for this. The pair reads the equation and checks for accuracy. They return the manipulatives to a pile above their paper and start again, alternating who goes first.
Piggy Bank (pennies or play pennies)
Fish: goldfish crackers
Gumballs: buttons or any snall round object
Worms: small pipe cleaners
Eggs: any round object
Pop the reproducible in a sheet protector with the manipulatices inside (not fish crackers, though! LOL), provide dry erase markers and you have an instant math center!
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