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Here’s a math lesson on graphing and addition
First Grade by Vickie Materials:
Fish (various colors) I use magnetic tape and put them up on a chalk board. I also have access to an Ellison machine to die-cut all the fish the same size. I usually have about 5 colors for first grade.
Activity 1: I arrange various #’s of fish on the board.
Then I give the children word problems as described below.
Example… ___red fish + ___blue fish = ______fish in all
They count, record and calculate their answers in groups. I also let them use small chalkboards or white boards to work their problems. They also like to write out their problem and draw the fish to represent the #.
You can also have the children group the fish by color and make a graph. I let small groups of children place the fish on the white board which is also magnetic. They form the fish in a horizontal or vertical graph and record their totals. You can use any shape. I chose fish as an extension of my ocean unit.
I also let the children use the fish to tell stories. “One day 2 blue fish went swimming. 3 red fish decided to join them.” The children tell the story, make the problem and conclude their story. “Now there are 5 fish swimming in the sea” They also write the problem for the other students to see.
2+3=5 2 +3 5
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