Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Free Math Curriculum Counting Nested Groups Worksheets

 Counting Nested Groups Free Printable 

Read more about this freebie below, then find the free download link at the bottom of the page!

I'm at the store and trying to figure out how many rolls of toilet paper we will need this month. You know that story! There's 24 rolls in a bag, 48 in the bigger one. If I buy two bags and we use 9 rolls per week.....

We do math like this in real-life all the time. Figuring out amounts, totals, how many 150-gram servings are in that 1kg box. That's why it's so important to include skills like this for kids to practice in their earliest math years - just on their scale of learning.

I made these worksheets for a very specific progression in the Quebec progression of learning, but even if you don't follow that I hope you'll find it useful. "Represents natural numbers in different ways or associates a number with a set of objects or drawings - emphasis on apparent, accessible groupings using objects, drawings, or unstructured materials"

So what does that mean exactly? Well, think about the examples I gave you above - shopping at the grocery store and thinking about how many servings of 150 grams fit into 1.5kg. Now think of that on a second-grader's scale - if I have a big box full of 5 bags and inside those 5 bags are 2 objects each, how many objects do I have? 10!

Teaching The Concept
I would absolutely recommend teaching this with actual objects first. Use whatever you have around the house or classroom - blocks, toys, candies or cereal. Take some small snack baggies from the dollar store so kids can see through them and put an equal number of objects into each bag - start with something simple like 2 in each bag. Show the child(ren) that you are putting two things into each bag and count them as you do, 1 by 1. If child(ren) is familiar with skip counting already, skip count. If not, stick to counting objects one-by-one. Now put all of those bags into a box.
Ask your learner(s) how many objects (cheerios, blocks, etc) are in the box.
See what they say.

Now pull the bags out one by one and cont the objects. If anyone looks confused, be sure to clarify that the bags are not objects - they are holding the objects. The box is not an object we want to count - it's just a container for our bags.
Repeat this exercise with different objects and amounts. 

What's Included

In this freebie unit, I've included a poster and 3 worksheets. 

The poster explains the concept in a simple way. It's a great reminder to keep on the wall after teaching the concept as I outlined above.

The first worksheet is simple questions with some visual representations. This is a great practice to use after you've taught the concept.

The other 2 sheets are a little more of a challenge. Kids need to create their own visuals to help them solve the problem. I've included a hint at the bottom of each page that you can use to help them solve. I have also included those same problems without the hints if you have kiddos ready for the challenge!

An answer sheet is also included to give you a visual.
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