__Activity__ (Corneille, 1995)

**Grade Level: **first grade; level of difficulty can be adjusted!

**Name of activity: **two sided counters

**Materials needed: **6 two sided counters (any amount you want)

**Purpose: **The purpose of this activity is to have children investigate
different ways a number can be expressed as a sum.

**Description of Activity: **

**1) ****Hand
out 6 counters and a cup to every child. **

2) **Ask
children to pick up their counters ,gently shake them in their cups and have them spill them onto the desk.**

3) **Ask
them to record the number of red and yellow counters for each toss. Continue tossing and recording outcomes for about 15 minuets.
**

4) **Encourage
children to share their different combinations they got and their methods of counting. Record combinations on the chalk board.**

5) **After
a substantial list has been made ask “ what can we say about the different combinations?” Some children might
find that 6 red and 4 yellow are the same as 4 red and 6 yellow. That is that the numbers are the same but the colors are
different. Have the children look for other pairs. Some children will find the doubles 5 + 5**

6) **Have
the class create an organized list to see which if any combinations are missing.**

7) **You
can keep this activity going throughout the year. You can add counters as you go along.**