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Pre-K–2 Lesson Plans

Magic Ten: Practicing Combinations to Ten with a Card Trick This lesson allows young students to learn a fun and impressive trick while simultaneously practicing and mastering the all-important combinations of ten.

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Finding Addition Patterns: A game encourages students to find the sums of two one-digit numbers. Students explore commutativity and examine addition patterns. Then they record known facts on a personal addition chart.

Finding Addition Patterns

Grouchy Lessons of Time: This lesson provides an introduction to and practice with the concept of time. The activities focus students’ attention on the attributes of time and enables students at varying levels to develop knowledge and skills in using time.

Grouchy Lessons of Time

Let's Count to 10: In this lesson, students make groups of zero to 5 objects, connect number names to the groups, compose and decompose numbers, and use numerals to record the size of a group. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities are used to help students begin to acquire a sense of number.

Building Numbers to Five

I've Seen That Shape Before: Students learn the names of solid geometric shapes and explore their properties. At various centers, they use physical models of simple solid shapes, including cubes, cones, spheres, rectangular prisms, and triangular prisms.

I've Seen That Shape Before

Comparing Columns on a Bar Graph: During this lesson, students apply what they know about comparison subtraction by constructing bar graphs and using the graphs to answer questions.

Comparing Columns on a Bar Graph

Hopping on the Number Line: In this lesson, students generate sums using the number line model. This model highlights the measurement aspect of addition and is a distinctly different representation of the operation from the model presented in the previous lesson. The order (commutative) property is also introduced.

Hopping on the Number Line

Tangram Puzzles: In this activity, students choose a picture and use all seven Tangram pieces to fill in the outline. They describe and visualize what figures look like when they are transformed through rotations, reflections, or translations, and are put together or taken apart in different ways.

Tangram Puzzles

Building Numbers Up to 10: Students construct sets of numbers up to 10, write the numerals up to 10, and count up to 10 rationally.

Building Numbers Up to 10

Let's Count to 20! 6 Individual lessons included. Look under Related Resources for the rest!

Building Numbers Up to 10

How Many Letters Are in Your Name? Students review numbers 1 to 10 by counting the number of letters in their names and their classmates' names. They also write and order numbers. FULL INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN.

How Many Letters Are in Your Name?