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, drawings

^{1}, 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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I am student teaching now and am going to use this actvity! Thank you - I need all the ideas I can get!

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