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Fishy Subtraction Stories

Students will love incorporating stories and sea creatures as they practice creating their own subtraction equations. It can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson for the Animal Action Subtraction lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Animal Action Subtraction lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Animal Action Subtraction lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to subtract items from a group.

Language

Students will be able to explain how to subtract items from a group using acting and objects to represent the problem.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Gather the class together for a read-aloud.
  • Display the cover of the book Ten Sly Piranhas and go on a brief picture walk to preview the story.
  • Use the vocabulary cards to define and/or introduce the words sly, piranha, dine, and frisky.