## Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Farmer Fred-Identifying Quantities in Groups - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment

This lesson may seem a bit simplistic, but I believe it is a very important element in developing a conceptual understanding of addition.  Often times, teachers jump right to addition sentences without taking the students through the steps that form that foundation of what addition is.  We need to break down each concept to its basic elements and make sure that the students truly understand these concepts before we move on to the next.

My students were very comfortable counting the items in each group in this lesson.  It was a little more challenging for them to form the number sentence, joining the two groups with the word "and".  Just developing an understanding of the language we use when joining groups makes this simple lesson a valuable one in the scope and sequence of math instruction.

Farmer Fred-Identifying Quantities in Groups
Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Farmer Fred-Identifying Quantities in Groups

# Farmer Fred-Identifying Quantities in Groups

Unit 8: Introduction to Addition and Subtraction
Lesson 1 of 12

## Big Idea: Students already know how to count quantities in groups. This farm themed lesson reviews this important skill in preparation for addition.

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### Joyce Baumann

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