We read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. Then we used goldfish crackers to model addition problems. I told addition stories..."You had two fish in your fish bowl. Then you got three more. How many fish do you have in all?" And the kids modeled each problem with their fish crackers and recorded the equation on their white boards. Finally, they drew their own addition problem and recorded an addition sentence to match. Here's my Fishbowl Addition Mat.
Spill & Add
This is a fun and easy game for composing and decomposing numbers five and ten. All you need is two-color counters and a cup. Children shake and spill a cup of five or ten counters onto the table. Then they count and color in how many red and yellow counters there are and write the equation. Click here for my Spill & Add Five Sheet and here for my Spill & Add Ten Sheet.
The Penny Pot
We read The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy. Then we setup a class toy store and children took turns choosing two toys they'd like to buy. I told them the prices and they had to place the correct number of pennies on their piggy bank work mat to pay for the toys. Then they added to find the total and wrote the equations. Here's my Piggy Bank Work Mat.
We played Roll & Add using a Butterfly Addition Mat. Each partner rolled a cube and placed that many spots (counters) on their side of the butterfly. They wrote the number sentences on their Recording Sheet. Then we made a butterfly addition craft.