Lesson 4

Groups that Look Alike

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to compare groups of objects that are close in quantity.

Lesson Narrative

In a previous lesson, students identified groups that had more or fewer objects than a given group. The number of objects in the groups made it easy to compare the groups visually. For example, students could tell by looking that a group of two cubes was fewer than a group of nine cubes. In this lesson, students compare groups of objects that are closer in quantity. Students also practice using the words “fewer”, “more”, and “the same” in sentences that compare quantities (MP6). For example, students hear and repeat statements such as, “There are fewer red counters than yellow counters.”

  • Representation
  • MLR8

Activity 2: Introduce Shake and Spill: Which Is More?

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Identify groups that have more, fewer, or the same number of objects than another group.

Student Facing

  • Let’s find groups that have more, fewer, or the same number.

Required Preparation

Activity 2:

  • Each group of 2 needs 10 two-color counters and 1 cup.

Activity 3:

  • Gather materials from: 
    • Number Race, Stage 1
    • Shake and Spill, Stages 1 and 2
    • Math Fingers, Stage 1
    • Pattern Blocks, Stages 1-3
    • Picture Books, Stages 1 and 2

CCSS Standards

Addressing

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 10 min
Activity 2 15 min
Activity 3 20 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

What evidence have students given that they understand the comparison language of more and fewer?

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