A number talk!
Read the book to the class and have fun discussing the different ways to compose the numbers.
Supplement with pictures of feet or cuisenaire rods in order to have students create their own combinations of different numbers of feet. Finish off by making a mobile where each string on the mobile represents a different way to compose a number. Use pictures of the animals and cut them out so that the students can put them on a string. This allows for extension in that advanced students can make a mobile with many strings (decompose 20) and other students can pick a number accessible to them.
April Sayre’s Lesson Ideas!
Straight from the author’s mouth so they must be good!
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Helpful Black-line Masters
These would be great to laminate and keep for a center!