A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture on Instagram. I was at CVS doing a little perusing. I’m sure I needed toilet paper or something…but I always find myself in the candy aisle. #shoppingprobs #sugaraddict
I wanted something to go with our math focus for the week- Plus/Minus 10 and 100. We had played a lot of games all week long, but I wanted to end with a little foodie fun! So, I was on the hunt for candy that would lend itself to the activity- I needed more than 100 pieces, but still an amount that we could count. When I ran across Nerds, I knew that was just what I needed! So, I picked up a couple of bags and headed home to create our activity for the next day. #lastminutelucy
First, we estimated how many Nerds were in the box. Estimating isn’t a standard in 2nd grade anymore, but it never hurts to discuss it! Then, we counted our Nerds by putting them into groups of 10. Some kids just gave up counting and made up a number. That really wasn’t too important to me… plus I just wanted them to get to the skill for the week anyways! After counting, they recorded their amount (made up or not!!) and started adding/subtracting 1, 10, and 100. After they finished their math they were able to eat the Nerds! It was a perfect way for me to check quickly if they understood the concept or not. This can be hard for some of them… you’ll even notice mistakes on the examples below. This is a skill that we will continue to work on all year long during math stations!