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Here students put dots on butterfly wings and then find the sums of their creation


Art, Math, Science  




Title – Adding & Counting Butterfly Sums
By – Joanne Capolongo
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Science, Art
Grade Level – K

Materials Needed: One page of four butterflies outlined.

Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to have the children make enough dots on each wing to equal the same sum on each.

Description of Activity: Give each child a page with four butterflies on it. The butterflies should be outlined and show only a blank wing. The child will then put dots on each wing on each butterfly. (Different amount of dots for each butterfly wing). The wings on each butterfly, combined should all equal ONE sum. (Example: 1 + 7 = 8, 2 + 6 = 7, 3 + 5 = 8, 4 + 4 = 8) Each butterfly should look different. There might be two dots on one wing, and four dots on the other. This would make the sum six. Depending on what sum is to be used, is how many dots should be on each butterfly wing.

This activity lets the children learn how to make a total using their own creativity and “hands on” approach to adding.

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