Vegetable Soup: Combinations of Numbers
Students will be able to use addition through various combinations of numbers up to 10.
- Ask students to help you prepare vegetable soup. Imitate going to the grocery store to purchase vegetables.
- Then, have all the students use their imagination to pretend to pour water in a pot to cook vegetables.
- Show students how to imitate chopping up vegetables, scooping them off of the chopping board and into the water.
- Remind them to wait for the water to boil in order for the soup to be able to "cook."
- In the meantime, pretend to add salt, pepper, water, and other ingredients for extra flavor.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling(15 minutes)
- Model how to use scissors to cut out vegetables and a soup bowl from the construction paper.
- Use orange construction paper to cut rectangular shaped carrots, red construction paper to cut circular shaped tomatoes, and a darker shade of construction paper to cut a pre-traced half circle-shaped soup bowl.
- At tables, show students how they will be making their very own vegetable soup.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling(10 minutes)
- Show examples of different combinations, or variations, to all students, such as four tomatoes and two carrots or three carrots and two tomatoes.
- For these different combinations, show the number sentences on the board, such as 4 + 2 = 6 or 3 + 2 = 5.
- Also write this as a full sentence using words. For example: four tomatoes plus two carrots equals six vegetables.
- It also may be helpful to use colored dry erase markers (red and orange) to draw pictures of the vegetables for students who are more visual learners.
Independent Working Time(10 minutes)
- Have students sit at their tables and cut out vegetables.
- Instruct your students to glue vegetables onto the soup bowls to create different number combinations.
- Make sure all students are using at least two different vegetables in order to demonstrate their knowledge of addition.
- Once glue has dried, introduce addition combinations to students, and have them write combinations on the back of their soup bowls, such as 4 + 2 = 6.
- Enrichment: For students seeking more of a challenge, add a third vegetable into the mix. For example, if broccoli is added into the soup, more advanced students could write number sentences involving three vegetables, such as 4 + 2 + 3 = 9.
- Support: Ask your students to write the total number of vegetables instead. For example, a student who pastes 2 tomatoes and 1 carrot may want to write 3, representing the total number of vegetables rather than the full number sentence.
- Ask students to tell you what a number sentence is. Record all responses to see if students grasp understanding of the concept.
- Create a checklist to record student knowledge of what each symbol represents (plus sign, equal sign, etc.).
- Record their knowledge of what each symbol is and/or what it represents.
Review and Closing(10 minutes)
- Have students sit around a "sharing stool" or something similar to tell their classmates what kind of combinations they came up with.
- Instruct selected students to show their soup bowls to the class and share how many of each vegetable they put in their soup.
- Direct them to also tell how many vegetables this number combination resulted in altogether.