Jelly Bean Math (with free pdf download)

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Some of you may not know this, but before I became a stay at home mom and food blogger, I was a teacher. (I have both a bachelors and masters degree in elementary education). Prior to getting married and becoming pregnant with my daughter, I frequently substituted and also taught kindergarten and third grades. You may wonder why I am telling you this…One of my favorite things to do besides baking and trying out new recipes is teaching my daughter. Julia is three and a half years old, and I have been doing daily reading lessons with her since she was two years old. She reads at a second grade level and is one of the smartest kids I know. We started doing daily math lessons when Julia turned three, and I’m not surprised that she caught right on. (My husband is a math teacher and I minored in math as an undergrad). I wanted to share with my readers a really fun lesson that we did in preparation for Easter. It involves one of our favorite Easter candies: jellybeans.

 

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If you would like to download and use the pdf file for your own children or in your classroom, click here: jellybeangraph

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We began our lesson with a handwriting paper.

She wrote each of the color words in its respective hue.

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showing off the finished handwriting page

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sorting the jelly beans by color

(We used Starburst jelly beans for this lesson).

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filling out the jelly bean graph

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completed graph

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Addition question sheet;

We used both the jelly beans and the graph to double check her answers.

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completing the short response page;

Once again, she used the respective color for each answer.

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I designed the last sheet so she could have purple as several of her answers.

The last question was what her favorite color jelly bean is. ๐Ÿ™‚

Please let me know what you thought of this activity and

if you would like more posts on homeschooling adventures with my daughter. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Comments

  1. That is awesome. i love the pictures.

    I am a former public school teacher and even though I didn’t stay home with my children we did many crafts and activities together.
    Now I have returned to the “scene” with a new children’s book Tadeo Turtle and 5 grandchildren and one due any second.
    Linking to you from Hip Homeschool Hop.
    Blessings to you,
    Janis

  2. I love love love this post.  How cute and I adore jelly beans.  Please consider sharing this at my month long Look What We Did link up.  -Savannah http://www.hammocktracks.com/buttons/

    • Thank you! I think the most difficult part of the activity was reminding my daughter that she couldn’t eat the jelly beans she sorted until after the activity was over. I ended up setting aside a separate little handful next to her to munch on while she worked. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a fun spring-time learning activity!  Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for linking this to Look What We Did.  I am featuring you and I look forward to seeing what you are learning in April. -Savannah

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