Lesson 7 Use Objects to Represent Stories

    • Let’s use objects to show what is happening in the story.

Warm-up Notice and Wonder: Balls and Counters

What do you notice?
What do you wonder?

Balls and counters. Basketballs, 3. Soccer balls, 2. Red counters, 3. Yellow counters, 2.

Activity 1 Playing on the Playground

Use your counters to show what is happening in each story.

  1. There were 5 students playing basketball at recess.
    2 of the students went inside to get some water.

  2. There were 3 students playing on the swings at recess.
    1 more student came over to play on the swings.

  3. There were 5 students playing tag at recess.
    4 of the students went inside.

Activity 2 Finish the Story

  1. There were 7 kids playing tag on the field.

    A field.
  2. There were 2 kids eating at the picnic table.

    2 picnic tables outside.
  3. There were 4 ducks swimming in the lake.

    A lake.
  4. There were 5 kids playing hopscotch.

    Hopscotch court.

Activity 3 Introduce Math Stories, Act It Out

Choose a center.

Math Stories

Center. Math Stories.

Subtraction Towers

Center activity, Subtraction Towers.


Center. 5 frame.

Build Shapes

Center activity, build shapes.

Counting Collections

Center. Counting Collections.

Practice Problem

Problem 1

Show what happens in the story with counters.

There are 5 snails crawling in the grass.
Then 3 snails came to join them.
Then 2 of the snails crawled away.