Lesson Plan

Rolling Math

In this lesson, students will roll with numbers and identify what comes before and after a number. They will roll dice, add numbers and practice counting forward and backward from the sum.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Counting On pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Counting On pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will count forward or backward from any given number chosen.

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


(5 minutes)
Student recording rollingTeacher assessment
  • Begin your lesson by asking your students questions about counting. Potential discussion questions include: "Have you ever lost count and needed to know where to start? What do you do when you need to know how many pencils you and your neighbor have?"
  • Show your students how to roll the dice. Put the dice into the plastic container and shake them inside. Show your students the numbers on top of the dice, explaining that they will be adding these numbers together in the lesson.


  • Review numbers 1–10 in English and student's home language (L1).
  • Introduce or review the concept of adding with students to check for their understanding.


  • Have students practice identifying numbers on a die prior to the lesson to check their comfort and familiarity.