Plants are All Around Us-How Many Little Seeds Math Task Activity #3


Activity Description: 

Students explore the concept of addition and subtraction combining and dividing seeds in a pot. Students pretend to be busy gardeners, adding seeds to the pot to plant and grow, or hungry birds, swooping down from high above to subtract seeds from the pot to eat.


Students will explore the concept of addition and subtraction by combining and separating up to 5 seeds in a pot. Students will pretend to be a “busy gardener” adding seeds to a pot, or a “hungry bird” subtracting seeds from a pot. 

Educational Standards: 

PK.OA.1 Demonstrates an understanding of addition and subtraction by using objects, fingers, and responding to practical situations (e.g. if we have 3 apples and add two more, how many do we have all together?). 

PK.CC.4 Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 10 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 5 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-10, count out that many objects. 

Pre-Activity Prep: 
  • Set-up as a center-time table activity. 
  • Place a variety of real seeds or beans on sorting plates for each student. 
  • Give student a paper “planter pot” to use as a game board.
  • Write the interactive story (below) on chart paper with pictorial representations of birds and gardeners alongside the sentences. You may also want to create in Storybird
Doing the Activity: 

The Activity can be found on Page 7 of the PDF below.

  • Camera 
  • Chart paper 
  • How many little seeds? An interactive math story 
  • Images of birds and gardeners 
  • Large “pots” (made out of heavy paper or cardstock) 
  • Sorting cups, trays or plates with seeds 
  • Variety of large seeds or beans (safe for small children) 
  • Student Reflection Sheet 
  • Teacher Notes Template 
  • Writing and drawing tools 
  • A large felt board with a felt pot and felt seeds to attach 
15-20 minutes in centers across 3 days
The New York City Department of Education via OERCommons,