Students will "match quantities up to at least 10 with numerals and words." —Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework
- The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
- Laminated firefly illustrations (see Set Up and Prepare below)
- Dry-erase markers, one for each student
Set Up and Prepare
- Using oak tag or heavy paper, make copies of the back of the book, an illustration of assorted fireflies. You will need as many copies as students you want participating. This works as a whole group activity, or as a math center for 4 to 6 students.
- Laminate the copies. Have dry-erase markers on hand, one per student.
Step 1: Determine the number you want to concentrate on. This could be based on math lessons, the date, or the age of your students.
Step 2: Use a dry erase marker demonstrate how to circle groups of the number on the laminated firefly illustration. For example, if you're concentrating on the number 3, circle groups of 3 fireflies.
Step 3: Use a paper towel to erase the circles. Try to create a few new combinations. Encourage students to help you.
Step 4: Hand out the laminated firefly pages and dry-erase markers and have students try on their own.
Shrink the copy so that you have a paper with even more fireflies. This will allow you to extend the activity, or concentrate on larger numbers. Make copies on paper. Students can use these and bring them home.