Addition and language practice go hand in hand in this lesson that uses *The Very Hungry Caterpillar* as an anchor text. Students practice counting on using a number line. This lesson can be used alone or alongside **Math with Bears** lesson.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Math With Bears lesson plan.
Students will be able to count on to add within 20.
Students will be able to describe the steps to add within 20 using a number line and partner support.
Show students the cover of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and ask students to give you a thumbs up if they are familiar with the book.
Introduce the story by saying, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar tells the story of a caterpillar who eats more and more each day of the week. We will read the story today, and add to find the total number of things that the caterpillar eats."
Review the days of the week with students. For example, have them repeat after you, "Today is ________. Tomorrow will be ________. Yesterday was ________."