Lesson plan

Adding with Dominoes and Playing Cards

Double dominoes! Get your students excited to add with dominoes and playing cards. This lesson is a fun way to help your students continue to learn to add.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Double-9 Domino Dash pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Double-9 Domino Dash pre-lesson.

Students will be able to write number sentences and add one digit numbers.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
  • Gather the students, and let them know that they will be adding, using different objects such as dominoes and playing cards.
  • Pass around the dominoes and playing cards for the students to see and touch.
(10 minutes)
  • Draw a domino shape horizontally on the board, and choose a domino from the stack.
  • Ask one student to come up and count the circles she sees on the first half.
  • Draw that number of circles in that space on the board, and do the same with the other half.
  • Have the students count the number on both sides, and write those numbers under the domino on the board.
  • Ask the students what symbol goes between the two numbers to show addition.
  • Write in the plus sign.
  • Ask them what symbol comes after the second number.
  • Write in the equal sign.
  • Add the two numbers, and write the answer on the board.
  • Select another domino and repeat these steps.
(10 minutes)
  • Place the students in groups of four to five depending on the number of students in your class.
  • Give each student a domino and paper.
  • Instruct your students to count the dots on their dominoes and write addition sentences with the sum.
  • When addition sentences have been written for each group member's domino, have them bring their papers and dominoes back to the circle.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask a student to select two playing cards.
  • Have the student read both numbers from the cards.
  • Write an addition sentence to go with the numbers.
  • Give each student 10 playing cards.
  • Have your students write 5 number sentences and complete the Domino Addition assignment.
  • Enrichment: Add in the Ace cards, which are worth 11 points in the game.
  • Support: Give your students the dominoes to work with during the card activity. Have them add smaller numbers and identify the sum instead of writing the entire number sentence.
(10 minutes)
  • Check the students' papers, and give them the Domino Fact Families worksheet for homework.
  • If the students wrote complete and correct addition sentences, have them move on to adding two digit numbers.
(5 minutes)
  • Go back and review how to add, using the cards and dominoes.
  • Have the students tell what they did to complete the assignment.

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