This game is easy to play and easy to differentiate..
You decide the number of manipulatives your students need to use.. In this case I used jingle bells No bells? Use squishy balls, connecting cubes, counters, the possibilities are endless.
First count how many you have. Then everyone hides their eyes and you hide some (in a Santa hat, a stocking, a cup). When everyone opens their eyes they count how many they see. Now, students figure out how many are hiding in the Santa hat. Students use math talk to explain the process and their thinking. Have them explain how they know and can they prove it?
If your students are ready for pencil and paper the recording pages are for you. I have included several options in both black and white and color
Common Core Alligned