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Here is a lesson on how to incorporate addition and subtraction into everyday life




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Title – Incorporating Addition and Subtraction into Everyday Life
By – Lindsey Mrozinski
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects –
Grade Level – 5th-7th grade
Lindsey Mrozinski
5th-7th Grades
50 minutes
Incorporating Addition and Subtraction into Everyday Life


This first lesson is one of the nine lessons in this unit of computation and estimation. It is based on the Pennsylvania State Education Standard 2.2.5 A. This standard states, Create and solve word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The first lesson will help the fifth-grade students to learn and incorporate addition and subtraction into everyday life situations through the use of word problems. They will be using whole numbers only for this lesson. We will be using content that is interesting to students. The word problems will contain things such as hobbies and interests they can relate to. The students should already be comfortable with regular addition and subtraction problems, so using word problems will force them to look at addition and subtraction in a different way.


By the end of this lesson students will be able to solve one addition and one subtraction word problem using tools and examples to help them easier understand the concepts. This will help lead them into the use of multiplication and division in the next lesson.


    • Worksheet for each student (30) with four word problems, two addition and two subtraction


    • 5 Red squares of paper, 5 Blue squares of paper, 5 Yellow squares of paper, 5Green squares of paper, 5 Orange squares of paper,


    • 250 Toothpicks


    • Chalkboard


    • Addition and Subtraction flashcards


    • Colored Chalk


    • Bag of Hershey kisses

Note from This lesson plan uses a worksheet that is not included. You may be able to create your own version of the worksheet, do without the worksheet, or contact the author at the e-mail address at the bottom of this lesson plan to request a copy.

This lesson will teach students how to use addition and subtraction of whole numbers involving word problems.


a. Introduction and Motivation

First we will start out by reviewing simple addition and subtraction problems using flash cards. This will help refresh the student’s memory and set up the lesson. The teacher will do this by standing in the front of the class and holding up each colorful card and having the students raise their hand if they know the answer. Each student will receive a chocolate Hershey kiss for the correct answer.

b. Lesson Body

The teacher passes out the different colors squares and then has the students divide themselves in appropriate groups according to their colors. The teacher then passes out the worksheets and toothpicks.

The teacher will help the students and guide them through the first two problems one being addition an addition problem and one being a subtraction problem. The teacher will be up at the board doing this. The teacher will also refer to the toothpicks as tools to show addition and subtraction this helps the students get a more hands on experience. The teacher will use different colored chalk to show different steps. They will have the children tell them how to do the problem following each correct step and allowing the students to ask questions along the way.

The students will then be expected to complete the remaining two problems in their small groups. Then with the class the teacher will go over them and answer any questions.

c. Lesson Closure

The teacher will review with the students what they went over and learned throughout the lesson. He or She will tie up any loose ends or questions the students have. The teacher will hand out a worksheet with two problems on it that will be due the next day for homework.


a. Student Assessment

At the end of class the teacher will hand out the worksheet is due the next day. The students should be able to finish the two problems without any trouble. The teacher will review the next day briefly for anyone having trouble grasping the concept. If they are still not comfortable the teacher will make extra time for them after the day is over.

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