Little Quack's Hide and Seek.
Momma Duck has five little ducklings. One by one they hide so Momma can come find them. Little Quack doesn't have enough time to find a hiding spot, so he hides right behind Momma, following her as she goes to find the other ducklings. As each duckling hides, you see a subtraction sentence at the bottom of the page using pictures of ducklings. (See below.)
I used a cookie cutter to make a duck template and cut 5 ducklings from felt. My DIY "felt board" is a piece of flannel sewn onto cardboard.
During the story, as each duckling hid, I hid a felt duckling behind the ? as shown above and asked the kids how many ducklings were hiding and how many were left. As Momma finds her ducklings, I added ducklings back to the felt board and we counted how many had been located and figured out how many were still hiding. I noticed that kids were subitizing (instantly recognizing quantities.) I placed the last duckling (who followed Momma when he couldn't find a hiding place) in the book, behind each picture of Momma duck. The kids thought this was absolutely hilarious!
This is a great book to get kids excited about telling their own math stories. Don't forget to sing Rubber Duckie and Six Little Ducks!
The activities involve several Kindergarten Common Core Standards:
K.CC.4. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
K.OA.1. Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings1, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
K.OA.5. Fluently add and subtract within 5.
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