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From Acorns to Oak Trees and Magic Bag Math

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Check out my Facebook live stream and learn some facts about acorns and oak trees.

Parents. I also share with you how introduce your child to word problems with magic bag math. With magic bag math, you use your invisible math bag to present your child with a math problem.

In my magic bag, I see 3 acorns. Five more acorns fall into my bag. How many acorns do I have now? Children can use manipulatives, illustrations, ten frames, or whatever math strategy works best to solve the problem.

The same strategy can be used with subtraction. I have 8 acorns in my bag, a squirrel eats 3 of them, how many do I have left?

It also works for missing addend problems I want to have 10 acorns, I have 3. How many more do I need. this problem would be written as 10= 3 + ___ or 3+ ___ = 10.

I also shared a STEM project that you can do and try to solve…. do acorns sink or float? Why? Wait.. they do both… why???