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.)
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!
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!