A fun math activity designed for visual learners. Teach doubles using five and ten frame addition -- and butterfly wings! One of my favorite lessons ever. It was one of those magical "I get it" moments when my kindergarteners learned the concept of doubles.
Mini-Lesson: After a student volunteer put dabs of colorful paint on one side of the butterfly's wings, the class waited as I slowly (and dramatically, of course) folded the butterfly in half. I had to laugh at the gasps and cheers when I opened the butterfly to reveal - doubles.
It can get a little messy, so we limited the paint to the mini-lesson, and used crayons and five frames during the independent work period. The next day, when most of them had a real understanding of the concept of doubles, and I was sure they wouldn't be distracted by the paint, we brought in the ten frame templates along with Q-tips and paint. The results were so pretty (and accurate) that we used them for our math bulletin board.
I hope you have as much fun with this lesson as I did!
This file includes:
1) Mini-lesson enlarged butterfly template
2) Differentiated five and ten frame butterfly templates
3) Differentiated practice sheets (Numbers 1-12)
1) Centers: This activity was designed for whole class instruction, but works great as a centers activity (laminated or placed in sheet protectors / colorful dry erase markers)
2) Homework assignments
3) Word Problems: Great way to introduce simple word problems: "The butterfly had 6 spots on one wing, and 6 spots on the other wing. How many spots did it have altogether?"
If you would like to have additional template options added to the file, leave me a request on the Q&A page and I'll do what I can to work your requests into the file.
KB3Teach Math Resources
*All pictures, fonts and graphics used with permission from original copyright holders.*