Add a Frog

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Students will add within ten.

Big Idea

Kindergartners love to use frogs to help them add at this fun station.


10 minutes

This is an activity that I use as one of my math stations, so there is not a formal introduction to this lesson. The stations are very briefly discussed at the beginning of the week. This takes approximately 10 minutes. I am fortunate to have a para-pro and parent helper each day of the week during my station time, so they are able to assist students, keep them on task, and work with them at stations. With 3 adults in the room, instructions are able to be brief, as anyone who is having difficulty will be noticed. My station activities always target skills that we have previously or are currently learning.

During station time, my students are broke into 2 groups (12 students in each group- totaling 24). On Mondays & Wednesdays, group 1 is working on stations, while group 2 is using technology. Technology includes i Pads and lap tops. On Tuesdays & Thursdays, group 2 is working on stations, while group 1 is using technology. Fridays are free choice. All students use technology and re-visit any of their favorite stations from the week. I have included a picture of my schedule that is displayed in my classroom.

Add a Frog

15 minutes

The purpose of this station is to practice addition within ten. The Common Core only includes addition within five, but honestly, I like to challenge my students a bit more. Add a Frog was purchased at Lakeshore Learning.

I really like this station and include it in my station rotation for several reasons:

1. It is fun! The kids LOVE the rubber frogs. Even students that could easily solve the addition problems without the use of manipulatives, wanted to count out the amounts listed on their cards.

2. The concept of counting out each frog strengthens one-to-one correspondence

2. The tray that the frogs are put into resemble a ten frame. I made sure to point this out to students as a reminder of previous work we have done.