Math in Our World: Pom-Poms

Wendy could fit 24 pom-poms inside the jar. The rest are organized into 2 groups of 10, and 3 more. The pom-poms come in colors like green, blue, pink, white, and orange.

Wendy cleaned up her art supplies today.
She had pom-poms everywhere!

She put some of the pom-poms into a jar.
Some of them did not fit inside the jar.

  1. What do you notice? What do you wonder?
  2. Show what you know about the pom-poms. Use pictures, numbers, or math words.
  3. What math questions can you ask about the pom-poms? Answer all the questions you can!
  • You could try adding the pom-poms inside the jar and the pom-poms outside the jar to find how many Wendy has in all.
  • Think about how you can use tens and ones to help you find the total.
  • You might start with the total inside the jar, then count on by tens and ones to find the total.
  • Show your work to someone else, and explain your thinking. Did they understand?
  • Ask if they have any other questions you can answer!

Find a collection of small objects such as marbles or pebbles. How can you organize them?
Make up your own story problem with the results and share it with us!