Lesson Plan

Animal Action Subtraction

Children love animals! Use this lesson plan to teach your students about subtraction. Show them how the numbers go down as they cross out the animals. Their action makes the numbers reduce!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to see that when they take away some from a group of things, the numbers reduce.

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

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Animals Subtraction
  • Tell your students that today they will be doing an activity about subtraction.
  • Explain that subtraction means taking away from a group of things.
  • Read the book Subtraction Action by Loreen Leedy.
  • Use some pencils to explain this concept, or draw some pictures on the board to show how the numbers reduce, or get smaller, when you take away some from the group.

Beginning

  • Preview the story using a picture walk.

Intermediate

  • Use counting manipulatives to model how to solve the problem.