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Counting Large Quantities
28 Jan, 2013. 3 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Math. Posted By: Kristen Smith

This past week one of our TEKS was for our students to be able to count large quantities of objects. To make this more hands on and engaging, I brought in a bag of Starburst Jellybeans. We then discussed how many jellybeans we predict or estimate will be in the bag. (The highest guess was 112.)

{Note to self: this class needs practice estimating large quantities!! }

After we made our predictions we discussed the different ways we could count our jellybeans.

They all decided that counting by 10’s would be the BEST idea and so they got to work making little piles of tens.

After the jellybeans were all grouped, we counted them by tens and found out there were 312 jellybeans in our bag!

{They were SHOCKED.}

I then gave each kid a cup of jellybeans and had them sort them by color, create a tally chart, and then a bar graph.

The students really loved this activity and it was great practice for them with not only counting large quantities of objects but also with writing and reading tally marks and putting the information onto a bar graph!

Tomorrow is our 100th day! We will be rockin’ in our 100th day t-shirts that we made last week!  Here’s a sneak peak: 
(100 fingers on each shirt!!) 
{White Hanes t-shirts and fabric paint!}

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3 Comments
  1. Candy plus Math = a ton of fun!
    Looks like you had a great time learning!
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak’s First Grade Critter Cafe

  2. Kim -

    LOVE the t-shirt idea! Did the kiddos bring in their own t-shirt for this? I really would like to do this next year but not sure if I could get families to send a t-shirt and I don’t know if I want to buy 29 t-shirts!! It’s worth a shot though! They are precious! Math and candy just go together don’t they! :)
    Kim
    TheVeryBusyFirstGraders

    • Last year I had the kiddos each bring in their own t-shirts, but this year I bought them all. (I have a small class so it wasn’t that much money.) The most expensive part of the project was the fabric paint. However, it’s well worth the investment as the students get a shirt with all their friend’s handprints and it will last forever! :) The parents really like this project.

3 Comments

  • Candy plus Math = a ton of fun!
    Looks like you had a great time learning!
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak’s First Grade Critter Cafe

  • Kim -

    LOVE the t-shirt idea! Did the kiddos bring in their own t-shirt for this? I really would like to do this next year but not sure if I could get families to send a t-shirt and I don’t know if I want to buy 29 t-shirts!! It’s worth a shot though! They are precious! Math and candy just go together don’t they! :)
    Kim
    TheVeryBusyFirstGraders

    • Last year I had the kiddos each bring in their own t-shirts, but this year I bought them all. (I have a small class so it wasn’t that much money.) The most expensive part of the project was the fabric paint. However, it’s well worth the investment as the students get a shirt with all their friend’s handprints and it will last forever! :) The parents really like this project.

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