# T4T Ducks on the Pond

*Lesson Excerpt:*

**Launch:**

1. Ducks on the Pond (3-5 minutes)

During whole group time, show Picture Card K to the entire class and model the activity.

The teacher asks students, “What do you see on the card?”

Possible
responses: *I see ducks. I see **water.*

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The teacher says:

*Let’s
see if I can come up with a story problem for this picture for you to solve.
There are 2 dark ducks and 1 white
duck. How many ducks are on the water?*

As students give their solutions, it is acceptable to allow many students to share their solution, even if they all say “3.”

The teacher may ask: *How many ducks are in the water? Does anyone
have a different solution?*

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Regardless of the solution, the teacher should not lead students to think whether their solution is correct or incorrect.

The teacher then asks students: *How can we find out how many ducks are in the water?*

Possible responses:

*We can count the number of ducks.
I know that 1 more than 2 is 3.*

*I
know that 2 and 1 is 3.
I counted them all: 1, 2, 3. *