Lesson Plan

Act it Out!

Connect addition with real-world problem solving as students analyze and solve story problems.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to represent and solve addition word problems with drawings and through acting.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
How Many Ears?How Many Feet?How Many Noses?
  • Tell a quick addition story problem to your class. For example, "There are 4 cats and 4 dogs playing on the farm. How many tails are there altogether?"
  • Ask your students how they could figure out the answer to this problem.
  • Have students share details about this problem (such as "each animal has one tail" or "altogether means addition") that can help inform the strategy they can use to solve it.

Beginning

  • Tell the story problem in the students' home language (L1).
  • Use visuals to tell the problem.

Intermediate

  • Have partners turn and talk to share how they could solve the problem.