Estimate Cards (Includes Pumpkin)

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Eight cards per pages, four pages total. The first two pages are in color, the last two pages are black and white for printing purposes.

This is a fun short activity to do with you students.

Have your students estimate:
How many jellybeans, pennies, marbles, buttons are in a jar?
Or how many pumpkin seeds are in a pumpkin?

I try to do this activity at least once a month. I usually leave the jar out for a week so students have ample time to look at the jar individually and in groups. This leads to students having great conversations with their peers. The cards read estimator (their name) and estimate, giving the students ownership.

At the beginning of each school year, I’ve found that most of my students struggle when it comes to reasonableness, but this activity allows students to be mindful of estimating, which then translates over to other areas in math.

For the pumpkin, the students estimate how many pumpkin seeds are inside the pumpkin before the pumpkin is opened. Some students prefer the pumpkin over the jar because it's more mysterious.

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The only hard part is the counting. Yes, I’ve counted 1500+ Skittles before! You can always have a few student volunteers before/after school or during lunch to save time. Pennies are the easiest, as you can take them to a money sorting machine.

Last side note. I always have this activity ready for the first day of school. It's a good way of showing them that not everything is going to be "for a grade".
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