Lesson Plan

Bug Addition to Ten

Get your students excited about basic math with this quirky addition lesson. It contains a bug-themed selection of games and worksheets.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use objects to add numbers up to ten.

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


(5 minutes)
Bug Safari GameBug Addition
  • Sit with your students in a circle.
  • Put ten plastic bugs in a pile in front of you.
  • Ask your students to guess how many bugs there are.
  • Ask your students to think of a way to make the bugs easy to count.
  • Arrange the bugs in an orderly line.
  • Count the bugs out loud with your students.
  • Tell your students that they will be using bugs to solve addition problems.


  • Show students pictures of bugs that are included in the plastic insects. Name each one with a label.
  • Point to each bug as you count it. Display a poster with numerals and number names from zero to ten.


  • Ask students to give you a thumbs up if they have ever seen a bug before. Tell them to turn and talk to a partner to name the bug and where they saw it. For example, "I saw a ladybug on the yellow flower."
  • Remind students that addition involves finding the total number, or how many there are in all.