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Sharing Goldfish

When sharing a snack, such as goldfish, discuss with your child a "fair" way to divide the items equally.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read “The Doorbell Rang” by Pat Hutchins. In this story, Ma has made a dozen cookies for her two children to share. As the doorbell rings, more friends arrive and there are more people to share the 12 cookies with.

    -Draw a picture to represent the math of dividing 12 goldfish between three people. To do this, draw three circles on a page. Use tally marks or stickers to distribute the 12 "goldfish" between the three circles. Count them out as you place them in the circles "one, two, three, four, five, six. Continue until all 12 stickers or tally marks are divided among the circles. Count how many are in each circle.

Adjust for an older child

Use 36 goldfish and share between two people. How many does each person get? Now share between three people, then four. Discuss how the more people you share with, the fewer goldfish each person receives.

Adjust for a younger child

Use ten goldfish and divide them between two people.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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