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Sticky Twists

Grades K-1


Make math stick! Students twist colorful wax sticks into spirals, then count and decompose numbers in a hands-on way.

Instructional bundle includes hands-on materials for a small group of 4 students.

Activity Details

Math skills covered

  •  Count to answer “how many?” questions (K.CC.B.5)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group (K.CC.C.6)
  • Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way (K.OA.A.3)
  • Decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into one ten and ones (K.NBT.A.1)
  • Apply strategies to add and subtract (1.OA.B.3)
  • Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem (1.OA.B.4)
  • Decompose 2-digit numbers into 10s and 1s (1.NBT.B.2)
  • Compare 2-digit numbers (1.NBT.B.3)

What’s included

Digital resources

  • Teacher Guides for Grades K-1
  • Display Slides for Grades K-1

Hands-on materials (for 4 students)

  • 2 Packs of wax sticks
  • Pack of student printouts for Kindergarten