Big Fish Story [Find Result]

Activity Type: Small Group

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Children are given a pretend ocean and are asked to add/subtract various amounts of fish (crackers or toys) and determine how many fish result. (This Building Blocks activity was modified in a research project* building activities that develop both mathematics and executive function competencies.)*Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME) 

Practice-based Research:  In a scenario such as “have two, add three,” children often add one to make it three, possibly because they have a difficult time remembering all the numbers in a “part-part-whole” relationship. As needed, repeat such scenarios step-by-step, and help children separate the amounts. You may also model the amounts using your own items or your fingers on both hands. Solving problems using informal counting strategies is a critical step in learning addition and subtraction—remember to do this even during snack time!

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Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.