Pasta Pictures

September 1, 2010 at 6:11 AM 4 comments

by: Jennifer Perez

I had my students create their very own Pasta Pictures on the 1st day of school. I chose to have my students create addition sentences, but you can easily have them do subtraction, division or multiplication.It was really simple and only required a few materials!

What you will need:

Pasta-I used small elbow pasta

Construction paper-any color

Elmer’s glue

1 sharpened pencil

What to do:

The first thing you will need to do is decide the purpose for this activity? Are you trying to:

  1. Just let the kiddos explore numbers by using pasta
  2. Make this more of a learning activity-asking the children to show you what they know OR
  3. How about a combination?

In my class, I did more of a combination.  After handing out all of the supplies, I went around to each student and assigned him or her each a different number.  Each student then brainstormed the possible ways to come up with that sum when adding the numbers together.  For example- I assigned the number 16 to a student.  On the back of their construction paper, they brainstormed the possibilities of creating the sum:

  1. 8+8=16
  2. 10+6=16
  3. 13 + 3=16
  4. 12 + 4= 16

The student then chose one of the addition sentences, wrote it on the front of their construction paper and represented it with pasta! Take a look!

This student was assigned the number 20.  They chose the addition sentence 11+9=20 and then represented that number sentence with their pasta.

This was an ELL (English Language Learner) student.  He was assigned the number 10 and chose the addition sentence 3+7= 10.  The pasta was a wonderful way for me to show this particular student “addition” without there being a language barrier.

Get as creative/challenging with this activity as you’d like!  Remember, learning in the form of “play” is never a wrong way to go!

Happy Learning!

© Jennifer Perez 8/28/10


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lindsey {Bella Grace Party Designs}  |  September 2, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    LOVE THIS! Alyssa LOVES playing with pasta… SHe loves her Ronis!

    • 2. imtjen  |  September 5, 2010 at 9:06 AM

      It’s all about finding your student/child’s interests and using that to your advantage!

  • 3. Infant Stroller  |  September 12, 2010 at 7:02 AM

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    • 4. imtjen  |  September 12, 2010 at 8:08 AM

      Thank You and I agree! We sometimes have to think outside of the box to enrich our students/children’s learning and thinking! I’m glad you found Pasta Pictures helpful!


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