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Students will especially enjoy subtracting and adding manipulatives in this yummy gummy math lesson





Title – Addition and Subtraction with Gummy Worms
By – Itzel Hernandez
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 1

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Math Standards:

    B 1.3 (B) The student will use concrete and pictorial models to apply basic addition and subtraction facts.

Learning objectives:

    The students will be able to:

    • solve addition and subtraction problems with supplied gummy worms
    • identify the correct answer to addition and subtraction problems
    • experiment with gummy worms to find the correct answer

List of materials needed:

  • Addition and Subtraction Worksheets
  • Gummy worms (20 per student)
  • Pencil
  • Napkins
  • Crayons

Pre-Activity Preparation:

  • Students must have napkins, pencil and crayons ready for lesson to be taught.
  • Teacher must prepare and make copies of the addition and subtraction worksheets (suggestion: add a happy segmented worm coloring picture)
  • Teacher must acquire the gummy worms.


  • Students will remain in the seats they are in.
  • The paper passer passes the worksheets out to the groups.

Establishing Set/Motivation/Introduction:

    Give students simple addition or subtraction problems aloud and have them answer as soon as they can.


  1. Quiz the class with 2-4 math problems.
  2. Have the paper passer distribute the math worksheet to the students.
  3. Pass 20 gummy worms out to each individual student.
  4. Warn them not to eat the gummy worms yet.
  5. Explain the activity to the class – they are to use the gummy worms as counting manipulatives to help them solve the math problems.
  6. Make sure all the students know what you are expecting them to do.
  7. When they are done solving the problems on the work sheet, they can color it while the other students are finishing.
  8. Go around making sure the students know what they are doing.
  9. When they are completely done, let them eat their gummy worms.
  10. Ask class if they enjoyed the activity.


  • Review the worksheet; call a student randomly and ask them a math problem.
  • Ask students if they enjoyed this activity.

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