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Simple Addition: If You Give a Student a Cookie

Help your students get ahead with this sweet lesson that gives them a strong base for understanding simple addition. Using cookies as manipulatives helps ease your students into math in a fun way.
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Students will be able to count and add objects up to 5.

(5 minutes)
  • Show students If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.
  • Ask the class if they have ever read this book before.
  • Show students the tray of chocolate chip cookies and place them aside.
  • Explain that today they will be listening to a story and using cookies to practice simple addition.
(5 minutes)
  • Read If You Give A Mouse A Cookie aloud to your students.
  • On the board, draw an example problem.
  • Draw 2 chocolate chip cookies on the board and call on a student to ask how many more they would like to eat today. Draw this number of cookies on the board and have the student add the total number of cookies together.
  • Have students attempt to write that number independently. Some students may need assistance.
(15 minutes)
  • Place students at a table in front of a placemat.
  • If the chocolate chip cookies are real, have each student wash their hands at the start of the lesson and remind them that if they don't eat the cookies before the lesson is over, they will be rewarded with cookies at the end of the lesson!
  • Next, give each student 2 chocolate chip cookies. They will place the cookies on their placemat.
  • Ask students who would like 2 more cookies.
  • Finally, have each child add all of their cookies up.
  • Ask students how many cookies they have now. Once your class agrees that everyone has 4 cookies, continue using cookies to create math problems for your class to practice.
(10 minutes)
  • Break the class into partners and have students complete the How Many Are There? worksheet.
  • Walk around the classroom to make sure students understand the concept.
  • Enrichment: Students in need of enrichment should be given extra chocolate chip cookies for this lesson. They can focus on numbers 1-10 rather then 1-5.
  • Support: Write the numbers for the activity using a highlighter and have students trace over them with a crayon to practice their motor skills.
(5 minutes)
  • Check the How Many Are There? worksheets for correctness to see which students need additional help.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students how many cookies they feel a mouse could eat. Have them write that number on a sheet of white paper and draw that amount of cookies to go along with it.

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