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Adding Numbers

Adding NumbersStudents will learn how to add by using objects or pictures.

My students are first graders learning math by adding.

ISTE Standards

1.6.a Choose Platforms or Tools Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

1.6.c Models and Visualizations Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

State Standards

1.OA.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).

Items Needed to Teach Addition

  • Smart board
  • Math Cubes
  • Counters
  • Paper/Pencil


Anchor: Introduce the project


  • Show the video
  • Explain to the students that we will be learning addition.
  • Show the students the Math cubes and the bears


narrows and focuses project work by providing a specific item to complete Show the students the counters and write out a problem 1+2= 3. Put one counter on side and then two on the other side and then talk to the students about putting them together.

Directions: Giving the students more guidance. Student Choices: let the students choose which color cubes they would like to use or the bears to use as the counters.

Student Inquiry: Students working on website to learn the task.

Collaboration and Teamwork: Letting students work together.


Allow students to form groups and work together on the addition. Each group will come up with a problem to show the other students.

Teaching Coaching/Feedback

  • Walk around the room and stop at each group and make sure the students are understanding the concept.

Student Reflection:

can help students improve their learning and performance.

  • Ask students to journal what they have learned from this activity

Public Presentation:

Allow the students to show what they have learned.

  1. Let the students show what they learned in the groups.

Exceeds (4) Student can add without mistakes Proficient (3) Student can add with few mistakes Developing (2) Student sometimes needs help Novice (1) Student does not understand


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