Lesson Plan:

Simple Addition to 10

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October 3, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to practice simple addition.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Ask students to find various items around the room. For instance, call on a student to find one toy. Then, call on another student to find two chairs.
  • After you have about 10 items, ask students how many items they have all together.
  • Inform the students that they just practiced simple addition!

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Now, give each student a handful of shaving cream. Invite students to practice drawing 1 wheel. Then, have them add another.
  • Ask students how many wheels they have all together.
  • Have students practice making various addition problems independently. They may need guidance through this.

Independent Working Time (5 minutes)

  • Now, have students complete the Caterpillar Addition worksheet independently.
  • Walk around the classroom to make sure all students are on task.



  • Enrichment: Have students in need of enrichment work with struggling students during the shaving cream activity.
  • Support: Students having difficulty adding in the shaving cream activity should be paired with another student.

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  • Assessment should be based on the outcome of the worksheet.

Review and Closing (15 minutes)

  • Call students up one at a time to the board.
  • Invite them to draw a wheel like Wally, or another object, and demonstrate a simple addition problem. If they need help, draw the object for them and have them count until they have the answer!

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