Imogene's Antlers Extension Activities
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
Whole Number Computation
Whole Number Operations
Number Sense and Numeration
Materials (for each child)
- 2 pipe cleaners
- 20 pieces of O-shaped oat- or fruit-flavored cereal
- paper and pencil
1 Explain to the class that they will be using pipe cleaners to create a set of small antlers. Give each child two pipe cleaners. Show them how to them bend one pipe cleaner into a V-shape. By cutting pieces of the second pipe cleaner and twisting them onto the two arms of the V, they can create antlers, as shown below.
2 Have children wash their hands. Distribute the O-shaped cereal (representing the donuts in the story) to each child. Have children work in pairs to create problems by hanging the different numbers of "donuts" on each antler. They can create addition problems using the donuts on each antler as addends, and compare numbers of donuts on two antlers to create subtraction problems. If you are using colored cereal, invite children to use the colored O's in different ways. For example, children might use 2 greens and 3 greens on one side of the antlers to equal 5 oranges on the other side. Or they might designate number values to different colors: green = 1, orange = 2, and so on. Have children take turns creating antler problems for their partners to solve. Remind each pair to record all of their problems and solutions.