for Picnic Day
The students will write and solve
addition and subtraction equations.
picnic basket with a lid (if not available, use a
box with a lid to resemble a picnic basket, or place a piece of
cloth over the top of a regular basket)
items, such as plastic silverware and paper cups (a
total of 10 or 20 items, depending on the ability of the
Basket Math Worksheet
the students sit on the floor in a circle or in an
area where they can easily view the picnic
basket. Place the picnic basket where the
students can see it. Be sure the picnic
items are inside the basket. Decide ahead of
time how many items are appropriate for the students
to work with. Younger students may be most
comfortable working with 10 items and older students
may use 20.
the students they will be playing "The Picnic
Basket Math Game". Place
2 items on top of the basket lid (or cloth) with the other items
remaining covered inside the basket. Instruct the
students to close their eyes. Add two more items
to the top of the basket. Have the students open
their eyes and ask them whether you added items or
took them away. Work together to write the
equation 2 + 2 = 4, representing what you did on the
top of the basket.
5 items on top of the basket. When the students
close their eyes, take 3 away and hide them in the
basket. Again, ask the students upon opening
their eyes, whether items were added or taken
away. Work together to write the equation 5-3=2.
out the Picnic
Basket Math Worksheet. Pass the basket
around the classroom and have each student take a turn
being the leader of the game by adding subtracting
items from the top of the basket. As each
student completes his/her turn, work together to write
an equation for the worksheet.
the book the 512 Ants on Sullivan Street by
Carol A. Losi. Have a lesson on doubling
a lesson on division by passing out a small picnic
item to use as a manipulative (such as pretzel
sticks). Each child should receive the same
number of pretzels (such as 20). Ask questions
pertaining to dividing up the snack. For
example, "if 10 guests come to the party, how
many pretzel sticks will each person get?"
The book How Hungry Are You? by Donna Jo Napoli
works well with this lesson.
the book Monster Math Picnic by Grace Maccarone.
This lesson focuses on different combinations for