Math Access for Teachers and Home Child Care Providers

Who's Hiding?

Children will analyze the illustrations of Saturu Onishi’s Who’s Hiding to determine which animal is hiding. The children will use the partial data, in a guessing/thinking format to figure out which animal is hiding.

Content Area Standard Target
• Data Analysis and Probability
• Algebra
• Understand patterns, relations, and functions
• Analyze change in various contexts
• Select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data
• Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data
• Formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer them
• Sort, classify, and order objects by size, number, and other properties
• Recognize, describe, and extend patterns such as sequences of sounds and shapes or simple numeric patterns and translate from one representation to another
• Sort and classify objects according to their attributes and organize data about the objects
• Describe parts of the data and the set of data as a whole to determine what the data will show
• Discuss events related to students’ experiences as likely or unlikely
Obtain the Materials

Note: Small parts create a choking hazard for children. Make sure that all materials you choose to use for an activity or lesson with children meet safety requirements. Small parts are not appropriate for children who are 5 years of age or younger.

Introduce the Activity

1. Pre-read the book so you know what animals there are and what questions to ask the children.   www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvFk9Ul6r3Y
2. Read the book to the children.  Follow the prompts and ask: “Who’s hiding?”,  “Who’s crying?” When the children identify the missing animal or the animal that is crying, ask them how they came to that conclusionAsk: “What clues in the picture helped you come up with your answer?”

Engage the Children

1. After you have read the book, create some scenarios with the plastic animals and the tub.  Show 3 or 4 different animals, then hide 1 or 2 in the cave (the plastic tub). Ask:“Which animals are hiding?’  You can ask for the names of the animals hiding or you can ask:“How many animals are hiding?”
2. Using all the animals, you can have the children sort the animals by similar attributesAsk: “Which animals have stripes?”, “Which animals swim?”

• Create a pattern using the animals – 2 monkeys, 1 tiger, 2 elephants.  Show the children the animals all lined up in their pattern.  Then “hide” the animals in their cave (put the plastic tub over the animals) and have the children recreate the pattern.

Encourage Vocabulary

• Identify – Establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is (e.g., "When the children identify the missing animal or the animal that is crying, ask them how they came to that conclusion.")
• Conclusion – The end or close; the final decision (e.g., "When the children identify the missing animal or the animal that is crying, ask them how they came to that conclusion.")
• Clue – A piece of evidence or information used to solve a problem (e.g., "What clues in the picture helped you come up with your answer?")
• Attribute – A characteristic like size, shape, or color (e.g., "Many times, before people do laundry, they need to sort their laundry into specific piles according to specific attributes.")
• How many – The total or sum (e.g., "How many animals are in the cave?")

Glossary of MATH vocabulary

Supporting Children at Different Levels

Toddlers   Pre-K

Toddlers may:

• Be still working on object permanence.

Pre-K Children may:

• Be thinking conceptually and intuitively, in the conservation stage.

Home child care providers may:

• Talk as you take the objects out of the children’s sight.  “We have 4 jungle animals here – a lion, a monkey, a zebra, and an elephant.  Two of the animals, the zebra and the elephant are going to hide in the cave.  Which 2 animals are hiding in a cave?   How many animals are hiding in the cave?”

Home child care providers may:

• Create a pattern using the animals – 2 monkeys, 1 tiger, 2 elephants.  Show the children the animals all lined up in their pattern.  Then “hide” the animals in their cave (put the plastic tub over the animals) and have the children recreate the pattern.

Books

• Who’s Hiding by Saturu Onishi (New York: Kane/Miller Book Pub, 2007)

Music and Movement

• Play Hide –n- Seek with objects around the room.  Show the children an object, hide it somewhere in the room and let the children find it.  This is a fun activity if you have several stuffed animals in keeping with the jungle animal theme of this lesson.  Hide several of the stuffed animals around the room and give each child an animal to find.  If their animal is a tiger and they find an elephant, they need to keep that elephant where it is and keeping looking for the tiger.

Outdoor Connections

Web Resources

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