Lesson Plan

Cube Trains

Choo choo! Students will conceptualize addition as the whole of two parts as they build cube trains in this hands-on lesson. Use alone or for more addition practice before teaching <a href="https://www.education.com/lesson-plan/bug-addition-to-ten/" target="_blank">Bug Addition to Ten</a>.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Bug Addition to Ten lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to solve basic addition problems to 10.

Language

Students will be able to explain the steps to solve an addition problem with manipulatives and partner support.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Show students a picture of a train, and tell them the story problem, "I love trains! I saw a train that had three red cars and two blue cars. How many cars did the train have in all?"
  • Explain that train cars are different from cars that we drive on roads. Train cars can carry things, called cargo, or people, called passengers.
  • Sketch three red rectangles connected by small lines to represent the red train cars. Then attach two blue rectangles.
  • Ask students to show you on their fingers how many total train cars you saw. Think aloud, "Yes, three and two is five. I saw five train cars."