## Easy Estimation

Mathematics, Algebra and Function, Problem Solving

### Objective

Students learn about using estimation to solve problems.

### Directions

Using Estimation for Math Snacks
Estimation is an important math strategy. Working with estimation can be an enjoyable addition to the daily math snacks activities. Children love to guess how many there are of something and then count to see how close they came to the actual number answer. One way to provide students with practice in estimating is to present them with a small sampling of a snack and have them estimate and count the items they have in front of them. Another method is to provide one large class snack and take several guesses as to how many there are of the item before counting the entire snack in front of the class. As you do this you are providing students with models of how to group and of the various strategies used for counting.
You can also take guesses on a large class snack and divide the counting responsibility among small groups of students. When each group has finished counting its sample, you can model for the class, showing how you add two-digit and three-digit numbers to find a total.
Another estimation strategy is to use the serving information on snack packages to model how you, as the teacher, often decide whether a snack will be enough for the class. It is also a way to show the multiplication of larger numbers in a real-life setting.

### Resources

• any small snack
• Easy Estimation activity page
• pencils