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Explore addition and subtraction while creating a garden! Add or subtract petals to balance each side of your garden.
Provide students with white paper and Crayola® Washable Markers.
Instruct students to draw soil and grass on the bottom of their paper.
Assign each student an addition or subtraction problem. Instruct students to use markers to create two flowers on the left side. The petals of each flower should represent the numbers in the equation. For example, if the equation were 5 + 3, the student would draw one flower with 5 petals and one with 3 and place the operation symbol between their stems. Demonstrate during oral explanation.
Once the students have represented their assigned equation with flowers, instruct them to balance the garden with two more flowers that equal the same total. For example, if the assigned equation was 6 + 11, they could create 5 + 12 or 8 + 9 to balance with another set that equals 17.
Once student work is complete, ask them to find a partner to explain their work. This project could be showcased on a spring bulletin board with the title “Our Math Gardens.”
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