Lesson Plan:

# Nature and Counting: It All Adds Up

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August 28, 2015

## Learning Objectives

Students will be able to represent addition facts up to 10.

## Lesson

### Introduction (10 minutes)

• Tell your students that they will be adding natural objects that they get to collect.
• Read a story that relates to natural objects and enumeration such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

### Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)

• Tell your students that they will be going on a walk outside to collect objects for their addition projects.
• Have students count their objects as they collect them. Use addition vocabulary as they add to their collection. For example: You had 3 acorns, and adding 1 more makes 4. Now you have a total of 4 acorns.
• Instruct your students to find approximately 10 objects.

### Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

• Pass out plain paper or math workmats along with small manipulatives, or have your students use their objects from their nature collection.
• Model making addition sentences with objects. Show students how to write the corresponding numeral under each grouping of objects and write the addition sentence.

### Independent Working Time (5 minutes)

• Have students take out their nature collection bag.
• Provide sentence strips, pencils, and glue.
• Encourage students to sort their groupings into a number sentence, and have them glue the objects on and write the total on the right side of the sentence strip.

## Extend

### Differentiation

• Enrichment: Encourage your students to use more than 2 groupings for their number sentences. Have some of them write the addition sentence out symbolically with the objects labeled. For example: 4 acorns + 5 flowers = 9.
• Support: Show your students how to use their fingers to add, or provide an anchor chart with visual cues for addition.