Lesson Plan:

Nature and Counting: It All Adds Up

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August 28, 2015
by AnneMarie Mann
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August 28, 2015
by AnneMarie Mann

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to represent addition facts up to 10.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Tell your students that they will be adding natural objects that they get to collect.
  • Read a story that relates to natural objects and enumeration such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Tell your students that they will be going on a walk outside to collect objects for their addition projects.
  • Have students count their objects as they collect them. Use addition vocabulary as they add to their collection. For example: You had 3 acorns, and adding 1 more makes 4. Now you have a total of 4 acorns.
  • Instruct your students to find approximately 10 objects.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Pass out plain paper or math workmats along with small manipulatives, or have your students use their objects from their nature collection.
  • Model making addition sentences with objects. Show students how to write the corresponding numeral under each grouping of objects and write the addition sentence.

Independent Working Time (5 minutes)

  • Have students take out their nature collection bag.
  • Provide sentence strips, pencils, and glue.
  • Encourage students to sort their groupings into a number sentence, and have them glue the objects on and write the total on the right side of the sentence strip.



  • Enrichment: Encourage your students to use more than 2 groupings for their number sentences. Have some of them write the addition sentence out symbolically with the objects labeled. For example: 4 acorns + 5 flowers = 9.
  • Support: Show your students how to use their fingers to add, or provide an anchor chart with visual cues for addition.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Have students practice writing addition sentences on the addition workmat.
  • Instruct your students to use small counters to practice.
  • Encourage students to note the relationship between the quantity and the numeral.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Display the sentence strips in the room for your students to see.

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