Grouping by 5's and 10's
Teacher will be sure every student has Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar downloaded on their iPad before class starts. You will then have the students open the new app and play around with the different counting games available. This will help students to review their counting skills, as well as enjoy a new app before beginning the new lesson!
2 Direct Instruction
Teacher will as students to put their iPad on lock after desired amount of time (10-15 minutes). Then you should ask the students to hold up five fingers and explain how that is 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 grouped together. Repeat this step with ten fingers.
3 Guided Practice
Teacher will explain the next activity to the class... This involves m&m's (modify for allergies, etc.), so explain that if you catch someone eating them before they are told to that they will be done with the activity and have to use cubes by themselves instead. I believe that 6-7 year olds have the capability to understand this. Split the class into groups of 2-4 children. You should then give each group 20-30 candy pieces on a piece of plain white paper. The students should be told to separate the pieces into groups of 5, and then you should make sure that everyone is able to do so before moving on. Repeat this activity, except change the grouping to 10's.
4 Independent Practice
Before class starts you should set up different objects grouped into 5's and 10's. After the m&m activity is finished, tell the students to split the m&m's in half and each person can eat half. Once they finish eating, explain the next activity. Students should go around the room and find different objects that are grouped into 5's and 10's. Go around the room and make sure students are able to do so. Then, you should have students find objects in the room and group them into 5's and 10's themselves. Again, go around the room to make sure they understand.
5 Wrap Up
Gather students back to their desk. Give everyone a piece of paper and ask them to draw any shape they want, but in a group of five. Repeat for group of ten. Ask the students to show you what a group of five looks like using their fingers. Repeat with group of ten. Ask students if they could count by groups of five or ten to further learning.