
How many jelly beans? 
MATHEMATICS (K2) How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti GRL J ATOS 1.5
Help K5 students answer this essential question (and meet the Common Core State Standards) with the Teaching STEM lesson plans for this mentor text.
Essential Question: What would a million of something look like?
Unit Summary: Students will examine the essential question, “What would a million of something look like?” They will explore numbers of increasing size through the enlarging number of jelly beans pictured in the book. They will color sets of five jelly beans and practice skip counting by five as they complete each row on the graphic organizer.
The Library Activity begins on page 182. The Collaborative Teacher Activity is on page 184.
Extension Activities (sample)
1. Give each student ten jelly beans or ten bitesized candies. Have them write story problems and the number sentences using subtraction as they eat them.
2. Bring in a package of beans or peas. Ask the students how many beans are in the package. Then give a handful to each person until they are all distributed. Ask them to count their beans and write it down. Then have the students make piles of tens and recount the beans. Ask which way is easier. Count the beans by 10s for everyone in the class to get the total number of beans. Then take a set amount of beans and write number sentences. You can do this with numbers up to 20 to review addition and subtraction or make larger numbers. Group the students and have them work together with more beans.
3. After reading the book, have the students write a short description of the main idea of the book. Use the phrase, “I am a mathematician. I know that _________.”
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