Fun Math Activity that all kiddos enjoy engaging in while learning conceptual math.
Page 1: Student Handout with Peas and Carrots Task
Page 2: Manipulatives of Peas and Carrots for all correct solutions (Part 1)
Page 3: Student Handout modeling all correct solutions
Page 4: Example of student work
Page 5: Manipulatives of Peas and Carrots for all correct solutions (Part 2)
With this task, students are asked to create different combinations of ten peas and carrot on a plate, and are asked to represent the number 10 using numbers, pictures, and words. Start by giving students the handout on the first page of the document. Since this task has multiple correct responses, students around the classroom will have different correct answers. Once students have finished, have students share their strategies for creating different representations of 10 peas and carrots on one plate. Select students who have different correct combinations of peas and carrots to share. Copy this page back-to-back to allow students a second side to produce more than one correct solution.
The second and fifth pages of this document are manipulatives for all the possible correct solutions. These are used to cut out and make a chart to model all correct solutions.
The third page of this document shows all of the possible correct responses to this task. It shows a picture for each possible solution of ten total peas and carrots and allows the student to count and write the corresponding numbers. This page can be done as a follow up lesson to support the concept of different representations for a number.
In addition, this activity can be differentiated by choosing a number other than 10 to represent. In a follow up lesson, or for students who are ready, you can ask the students to find all the possibilities for 17 peas and carrots on a plate (or any other number).
The fourth page of this document shows an example of student work.
These activities were used with a first grade class to teach the Common Core Standard: CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.1 - Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction - Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
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