The purpose of this activity is to help students learn groupings within 5, for example 1 and 4 make 5; 3 and 2 make 5.
Recall groupings within 5, for example 1 and 4 make 5; 3 and 2 make 5.
- Hold up one hand.
How many fingers on one hand? Let’s count to check.
- Confirm by counting that there are 5 fingers on one hand.
- Tell the students that sometimes fingers like to hide. Hold up your hand, with the palm facing towards you and fold down 2 fingers so they are hidden from the students.
How many fingers can you see?
How many do you think are hiding?
- Count the three upright fingers together and have students estimate the number that are hiding.
- After identifying student estimates turn your hand around so the hidden fingers are shown and count these together.
- Hold up you hand again and pointing to the fingers that were hiding and shown, emphasise the number fact:
These 2 fingers were hiding and these 3 were standing up. 3 and 2 makes 5 fingers altogether.
This activity can be repeated using two hands to help learn groupings within 10.