Mission 35: Food for thought
Ideas
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Practise sharing things, perhaps with a pretend restaurant for toys. Play with giving them a chair each, and a
plate each. Share out items of food between them, sometimes giving everyone one thing each, sometimes
giving them more than one.
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Use meal times as an opportunity to ‘deal things out’ one each, two each and so on, with plates, glasses, knives
and forks, items of food.
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Explore grouping using the Counter Machine. Use the magnets to group counters in 2s. How many groups of 2
can you make with 2 counters, 4 counters, 6 counters, 10 counters? Are there some numbers of counters that
won’t exactly group in 2s? What about grouping in 5s?
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Try making different groups with the Multiplier. Use a target number - can you guess how many groups of 2 it
will need to make the target?
Agents help run a restaurant. They work out how many chairs and tables are needed by
different numbers of customers, and appropriate food to match customers’ orders.
Focus: This mission focuses on problem solving, including one to one correspondence
where one thing is matched with another (e.g. matching chairs to customers) and many
to one correspondence (e.g. 2 customers to each table).
Vocabulary: each, twice as many, how many for, more than