Lesson Plan

Ice Cream Addition to Five

Music, hands-on practice, and coloring by number will make this cool addition lesson a favorite! In this lesson, your students will practice adding numbers to five.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Let's Add! pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Let's Add! pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to add numbers to five.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Ice Cream Addition and Color by Number
  • Gather the students where they can see the interactive whiteboard.
  • Load the Ice Cream Addition Song.
  • Watch the song two times while encouraging your students to sing along.
  • Explain to your students that they will be adding numbers to five with pretend ice cream cones.


  • Ask students to name different flavors of ice cream and list student suggestions on the board before playing the video.
  • Explain that "to stack" means to put things one on top of the other. In the video, scoops of ice cream are stacked. Show an example of a stack of books.
  • Tell students that the plus sign was used in the video because more scoops of ice cream were stacked on top of the ice cream cone. Have students repeat, "plus sign, more."


  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner and name their favorite flavor of ice cream using the sentence frame, "My favorite flavor of ice cream is ________."
  • In the video students hear, "Three and two is five." Explain that another way to say this is, "Three plus two equals five." Write the equation on the board 3 + 2 = 5.