Thursday, March 17, 2016

Springtime Decomposing and a Freebie!

Whaaaat??? We just had St. Patrick's Day and Easter is already knocking on my door?? Well then, today I would like to share ways to work on discovering combinations that make sums of 5 through 20, aka decomposing 5-20. This works for K-2 common core standards K.OA.A.3, 1.OA.A.1, 2.OA.B.2 and uses some inexpensive, fun manipulatives for spring!

{1} Jelly beans and portion cups, styrofoam cups, sample cups, or whatever you have handy
Count out a set number of jelly beans (10 in this case), separate them in and out of the cup, then record findings. You can find the printables HERE.

{2} Dollar Tree
These were Dollar Tree finds. The blue and pink cups are ice cream cups from the party section. They are 8 for $1. I love the little green one because it has a handle and resembles a basket! It's from the baby shower section and is also 8 for $1. Here it is with the jelly beans.

OR... {3} My Favorite
No more lost eggs (if the bag stays zipped:))! This is a cool method because students get some extra practice with fine motor skills. They push the "eggs" around in the sealed bag, putting some in the basket and pushing some out. 
I drew the baskets on ahead of time. Older students could do this part if you trust them with permanent markers:)

{4} Eggs in the Basket Printables
If you would like all of the printables for all combinations of 5-20, hop on over to pick up this product HERE for just $3.

{5}  Freebie/Editable Sight Word Chicks
If you want it, click HERE, then chirp on over to HERE to find multiple ways to use these cuties with your own sight words. 

Thanks for stopping by Room 10. Now take a look at some other fresh spring ideas HERE.



  1. I love the idea of leaving the jelly beans in the bag! Inexpensive and fun!

  2. I love the jelly bean bag! Such a great idea. And those chicks. . . cute!

    Stacy @Made with Love

  3. Jelly beans in the bag– brilliant! Doing it. Thanks for the freebie! See you around. Kathleen

  4. very clever! I love the ziplock bag idea! Little hands are seldom clean and neither are the desks/tables, later they can wash up and eat them. thank you for this idea, Paula @ educating children with

    1. Thanks Paula. Yes!...edible awards are always very motivating.
      Happy spring to you!

  5. Oh my gosh! The eggs in the basket is so cute! Fun way to practice making 10!
    Team J's Second Grade Fun

    1. Thanks for the sweet comment Jordan!
      Happy spring!