Lesson 4

Add with Objects

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to use objects to show the action of addition.

Lesson Narrative

In previous lessons, students counted two groups to find the total. They heard and used addition language such as ”put together,” “altogether,” “total,” and “2 and 3 is 5.” In this lesson, students begin with 1 group of counters and add more. They count to find the total number of counters. Students continue to hear and use addition language in this lesson.
  • Representation
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Use objects to show the action of addition.

Student Facing

  • Let’s use counters to add.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Questions About Us Chart 5-Frame Template
  • Number Mat 1–5

Required Preparation


  • Cut out enough 5-frames to make a chart with a space for each student to answer the survey question.

Activity 2:

  • Each group of 2 needs 1 connecting cube.

Activity 3:

  • Gather materials from: 
    • 5-Frames, Stage 1
    • Roll and Add, Stage 1
    • Math Libs, Stage 1
    • Match Mine, Stage 1

CCSS Standards


Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 10 min
Activity 2 10 min
Activity 3 25 min
Lesson Synthesis 5 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

Think about who volunteered to share their thinking with the class today. Are the same students always volunteering, while some students never offer to share? What can you do to help the class understand the value of hearing the ideas of every mathematician?

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