Share the Chips

Children work in pairs to fill four empty cookies with a target number of chips. Each child receives a blank board with four empty cookies. Children take turns rolling a number cube to determine how many chocolate chips to place on the cookies on each given turn. One child counts out the chips based on the number rolled and the other child counts to make sure it’s the correct number. Then children place the chips on the cookies, making sure they don’t end up with more than the target number of chips on each cookie. Children switch roles and continue until all their cookies are filled with exactly the target number of chips.

Primary Objective

• Producing and understanding number combinations of totals to four or more

How to use

1. First, introduce the activity to the WHOLE GROUP.
2. Then, engage children in the activity in SMALL GROUPS.
3. Once the children are very familiar with the activity, they can play it independently at CENTER TIME with slight modifications.

If most students can’t yet consistently create and count sets of up to 10 objects using one-to-one correspondence, you may want to preview the One Big Cookie version of the activity instead.

Materials

• Counting chips (all the same color)
• Small bowl and plate
• 1-3 dot number cubes (at least one cube for each pair of children; see Summary of Activity Adaptations for other number cube options)
• Counting cards
• Cookie Game activity step icons
Steps of the activity

The activity steps icons below outline the steps of the activity. Print these icons as cards and share them to help children remember the steps. They’re also a helpful scaffold for children!

Find a sample script for teachers to use here.

Step 1

Children draw a counting card to determine the “target” number of counters (chocolate chips) that will go on top of each of the four cookies.

Step 2

Child 1 rolls the number cube and tells how many counters to take out on that turn.

Step 3

Child 1 counts out that many counters from the bowl and puts them on the paper plate.

Step 4

Child 1 asks Child 2, “Am I right?” Child 2 checks and agrees, if correct.

Step 5

Child 1 puts the counters from the paper plate onto the cookie.

Step 6

Children switch roles and play again, continuing until their cookie is filled.
Instructions

Instructions for introducing the activity to the Whole Group.

Explore The Executive Function And Math Skills In This Activity

Math Learning Trajectories
• Counting levels
What to do next

Are some students ready for more challenge? Try the adaptations provided above for Whole Group. On another day, have the students play in pairs in Small Group

If some students can’t yet consistently create and count sets of up to 10 objects using one-to-one correspondence, they may benefit more from playing One Big Cookie.

Materials

• Counting chips (all the same color, enough for 40 chips for each child)
• Small bowl and plate (one of each for each pair of children)
• 1-3 dot Number cubes (at least one cube for each pair of children; see Summary of Activity Adaptations for other number cube options)
• Counting cards (one set for each pair of children)
• Cookie Game activity step icons (one set for each pair of children)
• Cooke Game role cards (one set for each pair of children)
Steps of the activity

For Small Groups, we suggest four children arranged in pairs of two with a teacher present to provide guidance.

The activity steps icons below outline the steps of the activity. Print these icons as cards and share them to help children remember the steps. They’re also a helpful scaffold for children!

Find a sample script for teachers to use here.

Step 1

Children draw a counting card to determine the “target” number of counters (chocolate chips) to put on each cookie.

Step 2

Child 1 rolls the number cube and tells how many are on top.

Step 3

Child 1 counts out that many counters from the bowl and puts them on the paper plate.

Step 4

Child 1 asks Child 2, “Am I right?” Child 2 checks and agrees, if correct.

Step 5

Child 1 puts the counters from the paper plate onto the cookie.

Step 6

Children switch roles and play again, continuing until their cookie is filled.
Instructions

Instructions for introducing the activity to the Small Group.

Explore The Executive Function And Math Skills In This Activity

Math Learning Trajectories
• Counting levels
What to do next

Do some students need more support or more challenge? Try the adaptations provided above for Small Group. Continue working in Small Groups with teacher support until students can comfortably play with minimal teacher guidance. Then have students practice the activity independently in Center.

Did some students play One Big Cookie in Small Group? If so, they should also play that version during Center. Don’t forget, children should play Share the Chips in Small Group before playing in Center!

Materials

• Counting chips (all the same color, enough for 40 chips for each child)
• Small bowl and plate (one of each for each pair of children)
• Number cubes (at least one cube for each pair of children; see Summary of Activity Adaptations for other number cube options)
• 1-3 dot cube
• Counting cards (one set for each pair of children)
• Cookie Game activity step icons (one set for each pair of children)
• Cooke Game role cards (one set for each pair of children)
Steps of the activity

The activity steps icons below outline the steps of the activity. Print these icons as cards and share them to help children remember the steps. They’re also a helpful scaffold for children!

Find a sample script for teachers to use here.

Step 1

Children draw a counting card to determine the “target” number of counters (chocolate chips) to put on each cookie.

Step 2

Child 1 rolls the number cube and tells how many are on top.

Step 3

Child 1 counts out that many counters from the bowl and puts them on the paper plate.

Step 4

Child 1 asks Child 2, “Am I right?” Child 2 checks and agrees, if correct.

Step 5

Child 1 puts the counters from the paper plate onto the cookie.

Step 6

Children switch roles and play again, continuing until their cookie is filled.
Instructions

Instructions for introducing the activity to the Center.

 Review the Activity Today, the Cookie Game we’ve been playing together will be at [name] Center! Tell students that the activity will be in Centers to play on their own. Adjust the Challenge MAKE IT EASIER Math & EF: use a smaller number of target chips (less than 5). Use a dot cube with only 1-2 or 1-3 dots repeated on the faces. MAKE IT HARDER Math & EF: use a larger number of target chips (greater than 5). Use more challenging cubes. In order of increasing difficulty: 1-6 dot cube, 1-6 numeral cube, 5-10 number cube, two dot cubes, one numeral cube and one dot cube, or two numeral cubes. You will have picture cards to help you remember how to play and to remind you whether you are the roller and counter or the checker. Display the activity step icons and role cards. Time to Play! Let’s remind ourselves how to play the game! Review the steps of the activity while referencing the activity step icons and role cards. Adjust the Challenge MAKE IT EASIER EF: use the role cards or the activity step icons. MAKE IT HARDER EF: omit the role cards and the activity step icons.

Explore The Executive Function And Math Skills In This Activity

Math Learning Trajectories
• Counting levels
What to do next

Keep playing this activity in Centers throughout the year. Students who played the One Big Cookie version may switch to the Share the Chips version once they’ve been introduced to it in Small Group and can create and count sets of up to 10 objects using one-to-one correspondence. Do some students need more support or more challenge? Try the adaptations provided above for Centers.

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