Last summer I found a lesson using Potato Heads to teach combinations. I thought, how stinking cute! I hoped I would remember it when it was time.
I did, but couldn't find it.
Thank heavens for Pinterest. I searched and it came up!
Thanks to Middle School Survival Guide and her awesome ideas!!! I don't think its an active blog right now, but the archives are still there.
I adapted my stations because of the potato head pieces I had. I didn't buy anything special for this activity. My kiddos have an abundance of potato heads. I am kind of embarrassed that we have so many, but thankful that I do because it was a fun activity!
I started with this!
We apparently have a lot of potato heads!
I really had to think this through. I actually took it home the night before as well, revamped it and gave myself a headache. It truly isn't that difficult, I just wanted to have my ducks in a row.
These were my 6 different stations. My students would be working on three, so I had 3 different combinations to be found.
Students received a bag and a card with directions. They had to create a tree diagram and use the counting principle to find the combinations.
The pictures really helped to have included. It helped them, but it also helped keep all my pieces together.
They sorted their bag.
They had to draw a tree diagram and then write the counting principle equation to go with the diagram.
For logistical purposes, my students stayed in their seats and the bags moved. I also set an online timer for them to see so they stayed on task. This is a very visual motivator for students.
Students used this recording sheet to prove their work. I made it very generic. Click on the picture to get a free copy of it.