Making sets to 5 is a game-changer for students! When they can see sets of 5 with automaticity, they will soar.
You know I’m a reading girl. I have a math husband and I gave birth to two math-minded boys, but I’m all reading. That being said, when my kindergarten friends needed to teach making sets to 5, I had to help.
making sets to 5 Anchor Chart
I always start with an anchor chart…no matter what.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, if they help make it, they will use it.
The Making Sets to 5 bat anchor chart on the cover picture has brown bats and gray bats.
According to the Virginia Standards:
The student will
a) recognize and describe with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 5.
We first looked at the problem 0 and 5.
We built the chart with zero gray bats and five brown bats. The bats will start a pattern.
Each time we build a row, the students will help build the chart.
After the anchor chart, students are lead in whole group activities building fives.
In addition to making an anchor chart, students can add charts to their interactive notebooks and add math journal prompts for making 5.
making sets to 5 Independent Center
Once the concept is taught and practiced whole group, it needs to move into independent centers. This center is a process center, taught in whole group, but once the process is taught the product can change.
The students choose a bag of yellow and colored dots with an answer sheet.
Students pull a card, find the number in the top left corner, find the corresponding number on the answer sheet, and color the dots to match the card.
Once the card is colored, students fill in how many yellow dots and how many “colored” dots and it will make 5.
This center has five different color combinations, so it can stay in the center for 5 weeks. Students will choose a new color each week, and they will become quite proficient in making 5.
Make sure you grab the Making 5 Sample by clicking the link or the picture to the right (orange cover).
If you are interested in the Making 5 set in my TPT store, click this link or the picture below (red cover).
The full set includes 6 anchor charts with themes throughout the year, anchor chart pieces, interactive notebook pieces, and journal prompts.