Lesson Plan

Subtracting Buttons

Students will love using this funny story as a guide to practice solving subtraction problems. It can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson for the Subtraction Fishing Action lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Subtraction Fishing Action lesson plan.
Grade
Subject
View aligned standards
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Subtraction Fishing Action lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to represent subtraction problems by manipulating up to 5 objects. Students will be able to explain how to subtract items from a group using objects to represent the problem.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
Hide and Seek Subtraction #1Teach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceVocabulary Cards: Subtracting ButtonsGlossary: Subtracting Buttons
  • Gather the class together for a read-aloud.
  • Display the cover of the book Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and preview the story using a short picture walk.
  • Use the vocabulary cards as needed to define and/or introduce the words buttons and groovy.
  • Say, "Give a thumbs up if you have a button on your clothes today."