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 are useful for 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 modes of transportation, from 1 to 10, that they have to put into two groups. For example, in one of the activities, “Six helicopters are flying in the sky or have landed on the hospital.” Students put their helicopters in the sky or on the roof of the hospital. Then, on the corresponding worksheet, they fill in an equation to represent the way they decomposed 6. Next, they rearrange those six helicopters, 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: Airplane scene: sky and runway
Page 7: Airplanes
Pages 8-17: One airplane worksheet for each of the numbers 1 to 10
Page 18: Car scene: gas station and road
Page 19: Cars
Pages 20-29: One car worksheet for each of the numbers 1 to 10
Page 30: Fire truck scene: burning building and fire fighter
Page 31: Fire trucks
Pages 32-41: One fire truck worksheet for each of the numbers 1 to 10
Page 42: Helicopter scene: sky and hospital landing pad
Page 43: Helicopters
Pages 44-53: One helicopter worksheet for each of the numbers 1 to 10
Page 54: School bus scene: school and neighborhood
Page 55: School buses
Pages 56-65: One school bus 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 an animal theme and the other has a birthday party theme.