## Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Addition and subtraction are definitely my favorite concepts to teach. It really is so much fun! I especially love using stories to go along with the lessons because they really help to provide a real-world context for solving problems. Over the past couple weeks, we read lots of stories, played tons of fun games, and even ate some yummy snacks! Many of these activities are now in our math centers for the kids to practice independently...

If You Were a Plus Sign
"If You Were a Plus Sign" features tons of cute addition stories in a variety of different contexts. After reading, we made up our own addition stories and drew them on chart paper. The kids took turns telling the stories using words and then writing the number sentences. Then we made our own class book of addition stories! Click here for the Addition Story Template.

Animals on Board
We read Animals on Board by Stuart Murphy, which features some simple animal addition stories. Then we used animal puppets to act out our own addition stories. While students acted out the stories, the rest of the class wrote the addition sentences on their white boards. For independent practice, we used bear counters and zoo work mats to model addition problems.
The next day, we used a felt board and animal props to model more addition stories. I just came up with this idea on the spot but the kids loved it! They took turns choosing animals, saying the addition story, and writing the equation. Then we did cut and paste addition stories from The Moffatt Girls! You have to check them out...they are super cute!

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
We read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, then I brought out some Goldfish Crackers! First, we used the crackers to model addition stories and write the equations. As an assessment, they had to draw an addition problem in the fish bowl. Click here for the Fish Addition Template.

We read the book Domino Addition and practiced as a group using extra large dominoes. Then I put baskets of dominoes on all the tables. The kids had to choose a domino, draw the dots, and write the addition sentence. Click here for my Domino Addition Sheet

I made two versions of this one (5 and 10). The kids shook up a cup of 2-color counters, colored the recording sheet, and wrote the number sentences. Click here for the Spill & Add Sheets.

Penny Toss
We read Benny's Pennies and then practiced decomposing number 5 with this super simple game. The kids shook up a cup of 5 pennies and drew H for heads and T for tails. Then they wrote the number sentences. Click here for the Penny Toss Sheet.

We pretended to go shopping at the toy store for this lesson! The kids took turns choosing two items from the store, and the class had to model the addition with pennies to show how much money they would need in their piggy bank to buy the toys. The "shopper" got to model the problem on the board with magnetic pennies. Click here for the Piggy Bank Addition Mat.

Five Little Ducks
We sang Five Little Ducks and used fuzzy sticks and beads to decompose the number 5. This idea was inspired by Deeanna at Golden Gang Kindergarten! She is sooo AWESOME!

That's all for tonight! I hope you've found something you'll be able to use with your own class. Next up...subtraction!!

1. Wow! What a great collection of wonderful hands on ideas for addition.
Thanks for the great post.
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2. So many good ideas and resources in this post!!! LOVE it!!
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1. Thanks Annie! We LOVED your cut and paste word problems! Too cute!

3. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!! Thank you so much! :) I just LOVE your stuff; all of it!

4. Thank you very, very much. You are so generous! I love connecting math with books!

5. Great post! Thank you for all the resources!

6. Thanks for all the freebies! We are doing addition right now in my Prek class. I did find a problem. Under the Penny Toss activity, the sheet link is actual to the piggy bank addition sheet. I'd love to get a copy of the penny toss sheet. And thanks again!

1. Sorry about that! I just fixed the link for you. Enjoy!

2. thanks so much for sharing your ideas! Math can get boring at times, so these activities will put some life back into my math lessons!

7. Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Thanks for all the great stuff!! I enjoy your posts and great ideas!!!

8. Thank you so much for all of the addition freebies!

9. Hi

I have your number maps (cant remember if I purchased it or a freebee) but I am missing #1 (map and pictures) I am going nuts looking for it.. my set is no longer complete. Please help!
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Thanks

10. Hi Nicole, thanks so much for mentioning me in your blog. I am so glad I found your blog. Your blog is GREAT! Deeanna

11. Love your stuff! Thanks for sharing!!! Lisa

12. Great ideas! Thank you!

13. I just LOVE your website! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

14. These are all fantastic! I cannot wait to incorporate them into my math block! Thank you, thank you!

15. I think that was wonderfully design and maintain this post for the kids understand easily. Fantastic work really appreciated for your Math Addition work also.

16. Thank you!!! So many great ideas (and materials) in one place!! I needed to beef up my addition unit.

Sarah
Wonderful Kindergarten

17. You rock! These resources are awesome! Thanks for sharing.

18. These resources are wonderful! Do you have a link to the Zoo Work Mat?

19. These are great resources!! Thanks for sharing. Do you have ideas for subtraction?

20. Love these! Thanks for the freebies!

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22. Fantastic ideas you shared! Very much appreciated. Would you happen to have any on subtraction?

23. These kinds of creative thing should be done in order to keep kids alive in class rooms. Diagrams are another interesting way to keep the kids alive.

Regards,
Creately

24. These activities are so much fun! They truly beat talk and chalk and pencil and text book. These activities will make the teaching and learning of addition and subtraction more meaningful and active. Thank you for the ideas and worksheets. These ideas will be very helpful to me as a kindergarten teacher.

Regards,
Itasha

25. Thanks SO much for sharing these! They are engaging yet NOT FLUFF -- I love when teachers share their hard work. We all need to help each other, and these are grand!

26. Thank you so much for posting all of these wonderful addition activities

27. Thanks for this wonderful lb way to teach kids. However ho ow to teach kindergartners to add without pictures. My students cant gobeyond 5+5 because thats how many fingers they Un have in n each hand

28. This is awesome!

29. These are great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

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32. Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas. The variety of hands-on activities is wonderful! I can't wait to use these with my kinders as we have just started working on addition.

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35. Thank you for showing so many addition and subtraction activities! I can't wait to use them in my classroom! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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