Lesson Plan

How Many Floors Down?

Students will love incorporating stories and acting as they practice creating their own subtraction equations. This can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson for the Subtracting Numbers lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Subtracting Numbers lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Subtracting Numbers lesson plan.

Objectives

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Students will be able to solve subtraction problems using numbers 0–10. Students will be able to explain how to subtract items from a group using acting and a number line to represent the problem.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
Teach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceGlossary: How Many Floors Down?Vocabulary Cards: How Many Floors Down?
  • Gather the class together.
  • Ask: "Has anyone ever been on an elevator before?"
  • Display the elevator vocabulary card and use student examples along with the card to provide a relevant definition.
  • Hold up the book Elevator Magic and go on a brief picture walk to preview the story.