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Math Lesson
for Acorn Day
Objective:
The students will count and complete
number sentences using acorns as manipulatives.

Materials

Procedure

Hide
the 100 acorns around the classroom when the students
are not present.

Upon
the students' return, instruct them to quietly look
for and collect the acorns.

When
the students are unable to find any more acorns,
gather together as a class. Ask the students to
brainstorm ways for easily counting all the collected
acorns. Try some of their ideas, such as placing
them in piles of 5's or 10's.

Work
as a class to count all the acorns. If any of
the 100 were not found, have the students figure out
how many acorns are missing and then find them.

Pass
out the Acorn Math
Worksheet and have the students complete the sheet
for reinforcement.

Other Lesson Ideas

If
students brought in their own acorns, have a lesson on
sorting. The students may work as a whole class
to sort the acorns by different attributes, such as
color or whether they have a cap.

If
the students brought in their own acorns, have them
work as a class to count how many acorns were
collected in all.

Make
addition story problems involving squirrels and the
number of acorns they've collected. Make
subtraction story problems involving the number of
acorns on a tree and the number that have fallen off.


