Beginning Grouper and Distributive Sharer

Makes small groups (fewer than five). Shares by “dealing out,” but usually only between two people. May not appreciate the numerical result.


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Other Examples:

  • To share 4 blocks, gives each person a block, checks each person has one, and repeats this.

Help your student become a(n) Beginning Grouper and Distributive Sharer

Experiences help children build very small groups with the same number of objects (perhaps just by visual comparison) and make "fair shares," often by "dealing out" (one for you, one for me; one for you…). Describing what child did and especially the result ("Now you gave us the same number!") is imporant.

Special Thanks To

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.