We wanted to find out which pile had the most and which had the least. We decided to create a graph using the labels and mittens.
We then counted each one to find out how many there were.
Once we counted each group and wrote the number, we had discussions about what the students noticed. Samples of the math talk students engaged in were "black has the most", "red has the smallest", "grey and red have the same" and "blue and rainbow are the same". This math talk then moved into 'Thinking and Learning Time' where some students chose to write about the graph and talk about what they saw.