Counting By Fives

Counting by Fives doesn’t need to be hard.  In Birch class, we saved the pumpkin seeds from our fall pumpkins and use them as manipulatives.  In this activity, students were asked to solve how many pumpkin seeds were in their bowls, but they were not allowed to count by ones.  This student chose to organize her seeds by fives and label her count to make it easier to track.  When each student finished counting their own seeds, their sums were added together to solve how many pumpkin seeds our pumpkin had.