Friday, March 25, 2016

Comparing Numbers Spring Freebie

I found these adorable jelly bean erasers at Target a few weeks ago. They were in the Dollar Spot section, so I had to get several packs (of course!). Each pack contains 20 erasers in 5 different colors. I love the little faces on them. Aren't they the cutest?! My first thought was to put various colors in the plastic eggs that I bought at Hobby Lobby (hello 50% off!) and have students graph the colors. But the more I started thinking about it, I thought a comparing numbers activity would be a fun twist! This activity is similar to the Reindeer Games freebie that I shared back in December. 

To prepare this activity I put various amounts of jelly bean erasers in each egg. {If you don't have these erasers, no worries, you can use real jelly beans, or any type of small erasers or small manipulatives.} Be sure to use several of the same color eggs so students don't know how many objects are in the egg. You'll need to print the game mat and add some bingo dabbers or crayons. Students can play with a partner or a small group.

To play the game each student selects an egg from the basket. They open the egg and count the number of objects inside. The student with the least amount of jelly beans wins that round. They dab {or color} a circle on their game board to show they won that round.  {Note: with this activity you can decide if you want students to practice identifying the number that is the least or the greatest.}

Then they put the objects back in the egg and return the eggs to the basket. They take a different egg and repeat the process of counting and comparing. The player with the least amount in the next round dabs their game mat, and so on.

They continue counting, comparing, and dabbing until one player has filled their entire game board.

You can download the game mat and directions by click on the picture below.

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Thanks for reading along!

1 comment:

  1. So cute! I'm inspired to finally create folders for all the great thematic/seasonal ideas I find!