Lesson Plan

Bugs Away

A colorful and fun way to teach your students about subtraction. Cute creepy crawly bugs will entice your students to learn subtraction action. Added bonus is an opportunity to color bugs at the end of the worksheet.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Solving Subtraction Problems pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Solving Subtraction Problems pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to understand and practice the concept of subtraction. They can also learn about the bugs as an added bonus.

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

Introduction

(10 minutes)
Bug Math Practice
  • Wear a funny hat with numbers and a subtraction sign glued on it (optional), and tell your students that they will be learning about subtraction.
  • Read a book about counting backwards like Turtle Splash to introduce the topic.
  • Draw students' attention to how the numbers reduce as each turtle in the story jumps off the log.

Beginning

  • Encourage students to practice counting backwards in their home language (L1).

Intermediate

  • As a group, practice counting down or counting backwards.