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Children love Eric Carle's colorful illustrations and animal characters. In <a href="http://bookwizard.scholastic.c... Very Lonely Firefly</i></a>, students enjoy trying to find new combinations of numbers to circle.
- The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
- laminated firefly illustrations (see Set Up)
- dry erase markers, one for each student
Students will "match quantities up to at least 10 with numerals and words." --Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework
Determine the number you want to concentrate on. Use a dry erase marker to circle groups of the number. For example, if you're concentrating on the number 3, circle groups of 3 fireflies. Use a paper towel to erase the circles and try to create a few new combinations. Have students try on their own.
Shrink the copy so that you have a paper with even more fireflies. This will allow you to extend the activity, or concentrate on larger numbers. Make copies on paper. Students can use these and bring them home.