Warm-up: Number Talk: Coin Counting Connections (10 minutes)
- Display one expression.
- “Give me a signal when you have an answer and can explain how you got it.”
- 1 minute: quiet think time
- Record answers and strategies.
- Keep expressions and work displayed.
- Repeat with each expression.
Find the value of each expression mentally.
- \(20 + 25 + 5 + 5\)
- \(15 + 25 + 25\)
- \(25 + 15 + 25 + 6\)
- \(20 + 15 + 30 + 7\)
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- “How could the third problem help us think about the last one?” (\(25 + 25 = 50\) and \(20 + 30 = 50\), and they both had 15, so the only difference was the 6 and 7.)
Activity 1: Introduce Would You Rather? (15 minutes)
The purpose of this activity is for students to learn stage 1 of the Would You Rather? center. Students compare the value of two sets of coins. The first partner spins and identifies a number of coins. They write a question that compares the coins they spun to a collection of coins they make up. Their partner makes a choice of which collection of coins they would rather have and explains why in terms of the units.
Materials to Copy
- Would You Rather Stage 1 Spinner
- Would You Rather Stage 1 Recording Sheet
- Groups of 2
- Give each group a spinner and a recording sheet.
- “We are going to learn a center called Would You Rather. We will compare the value of coin collections. Let's play a round together.”
- “One partner spins to get a group of coins. They identify the different coins in the collection and count how many of each. Then, they write a question that compares the amount they spun to a different group of coins that they make up.”
- Demonstrate by spinning the spinner and drawing a group of coins. Provide example questions that show keeping the number of coins the same and changing the name of the coin or keeping the coins the same, but changing the number of each coin in the collection. For example:
- “Would you rather have 3 quarters or 3 pennies?”
- “Would you rather have 4 nickels and 6 dimes, or 4 dimes and 6 nickels?”
- “Would you rather have 1 quarter, 1 dime, and 1 nickel or no quarters, 1 dime, and 7 nickels?”
- Invite the class discuss and share which group they would rather have.
8 minutes: partner work time
- Display the spinner and spin to get a coin set.
- “Come up with a coin collection with a greater value using the same number of coins.”
- “Come up with a coin collection with a lesser value using the same number of coins.”
- Share responses.
Activity 2: Centers: Choice Time (25 minutes)
The purpose of this activity is for students to choose from activities that focus on finding the value of coin collections or working with shapes.
Students choose from any stage of previously introduced centers.
- Would You Rather?
- Picture Books
- How are They the Same?
Materials to Gather
Gather materials from:
- Would You Rather?, Stage 1
- Picture Books, Stage 3
- How Are They the Same?, Stage 2
- “Now you will choose from centers we have already learned. One of the choices is to continue with Would You Rather.”
- Display the center choices in the student book.
- “Think about what you would like to do first.”
- 30 seconds: quiet think time
- Invite students to work at the center of their choice.
- 10 minutes: center work time
- “Choose what you would like to do next.”
- 10 minutes: center work time
Choose a center.
Would You Rather?
How Are They the Same?
- “What did you like about the activities you worked on today?”
Spin the spinner to get a group of coins.
“I spun this group of coins. Draw a different group of coins you'd like the class to compare it to.”
Share a few of the groups of coins students draw. Ask the class which they would rather have and why.