The activities in this product are ideal for use in math centers. They also can be used with your whole class—students can work individually, in pairs, or in small groups.
The primary learning goal for these activities is that students learn how to decompose numbers from 1 to 10 (Common Core Standard K.OA.3). These activities also can be useful in helping first and second graders learn their basic addition facts (Common Core Standards 1.OA.6 and 2.OA.2). The addition facts that students will be working on in these activities are those whose sums are from 1 to 10.
In this activity, students have a given number of animals, from 1 to 10, that they have to put into two groups. For example, in one of the activities, there are “Six bees busy in the hive or buzzing around the flowers.” Students put their six bees on the hive or on the flowers. Then, on the corresponding worksheet, they fill in an equation to represent the way they decomposed 6. Next, they rearrange those six bees, fill in another equation to represent that grouping, and repeat this process to find all of the ways to decompose 6.
This activity is great for differentiated learning because different students can be working on decomposing different numbers (from 1 to 10). Also, you can set different expectations for how many of the equations each student needs to complete—students can progress from finding only one or two ways to decompose a number to finding all of the ways to decompose the number.
If you are interested in reading more about how to help children learn how to decompose numbers and to join in a conversation about it, you are welcome to visit my blog at http://enjoydoingmath.blogspot.com/.
This product has 66 pages:
Page 1: Title page
Pages 2-4: Notes to the Teacher
Page 5: Answers
Page 6: Bear cub scene: cave and tree
Page 7: Bear cubs (That will be curled up in the cave or climbing the tree.)
Pages 8-17: One bear cubs worksheet for each of the numbers 1 to 10
Page 18: Bees scene: bee hive and flowers
Page 19: Bees (That will be busy in the hive or buzzing around the flowers.)
Pages 20-29: One bees worksheet for each of the numbers 1 to 10
Page 30: Ducks scene: pond and grassy field
Page 31: Ducks (That will be swimming in the pond or waddling in the grass.)
Pages 32-41: One ducks worksheet for each of the numbers 1 to 10
Page 42: Pony scene: pasture and barn
Page 43: Ponies (That will be prancing in the pasture or standing in the stable.)
Pages 44-53: One ponies worksheet for each of the numbers 1 to 10
Page 54: Turtles scene: Stream and log
Page 55: Turtles (That will be swimming in the stream or lounging on the log.)
Pages 56-65: One turtles worksheet for each of the numbers 1 to 10
Page 66: Summary and copyright page
If you want additional scenes for this same decomposing activity, I have two more sets posted at my TpT store. One set has a birthday party theme and the other has different modes of transportation.