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Decomposing to 5 - Math Fun!



Happy Tuesday that feels like a Monday!

We just came off of our three-day weekend where I had ALL of these plans to knock off some things on my TO-DO list.... but my list only grew and few things got done!

Anyways... it was back to the grind today down in kinder-ville!

Last week we focused on numbers to five and really diving deep into each number (showing the different representations of each number, counting to and back from the number, creating our class charts, etc...)

Today we started working with all of these numbers to five, starting with decomposing!

Here a quick overview of what we did today:

If I can tie in literature with other subjects.... I'm definitely on board!  Decomposing to 5 has a few books to use, but "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" has to be my favorite :)

Prior to our lesson this morning, I grabbed my large chart paper, post-its, pipe cleaners, beads, and my favorite decomposing book!


Do you see those little frogs?!?  Those little goodies came from the Dollar Tree in the bath section!  They come 3 to a pack and are PERFECT for this lesson :)


I started off the lesson reading (well.... singing really!) the story of Five Green and Speckled Frogs.  As I was reading, I used the frogs to demonstrate and act out the story!  

Don't have the book?  You can search on YouTube and find a TON of different variations that include the music :)


After introducing the term "decomposing" and showing students the motions, we read through the story again and reinforced the decomposing piece of the story!   (5 frogs on the log, 1 jumped into the pool... now there are 4 ----- 4 and 1 make 5!)

To get my students involved, we created these little frog bracelets (using brown pipe cleaners (LOGS) and green beads (FROGS) :)


Each student will need ONE "log" and FIVE "frogs"


As we read through the story (sang!) students became interactive learners and moved the beads as the frogs jumped into the pool in our story!  

This is an AWESOME visual for the students because they still have FIVE "frogs" on their log.... they just simply move one of the beads to the bottom of their bracelet.

As we go through this slowly during our read-aloud, we create this chart together using post-its to represent the two set of frogs (on the log and in the pool)


This chart hangs in our room now to give students a great visual for decomposing the number five.

Students get to take the bead bracelets home to share with family and introduce decomposing to them at home!

This is always one of my favorite beginning of the year lessons with numbers!!!

I hope your week is off to a great start :)

Happy Teaching!!







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