Joyce reads a subtraction word problem to the class and her students (disguised with animal masks) act out the problem. The class then discusses the problem, its meaning, and how to solve it. Joyce continues this routine until all students have had a chance to act out a problem.

Strategy Implementation Questions

Questions to think about when implementing the strategy

- How would you modify this strategy for the students in your classroom?
- What might be challenging for students about this strategy?
- What routines could you implement to make this strategy a success?
- How could acting out problems support students to make meaning of the problem?

Lesson Notes

I tell the students that we are going to take away problems. I pass out the masks to the students and then I call different combinations of animals in front of the class. I count off a group of four students to go to the front of the room. I say to the students, "There are 4 animals in the barnyard. Gordy invites 2 cows to come to his party in the barn. How many animals are left?" I have the cows step off to the side. I call on a student to answer the question. I then invite the class to say the number sentence with me, "4 take away 2 is 2."

Where Did They Go-An Introduction to Subtraction

Kindergarten Math » Introduction to Addition and Subtraction

Artifacts

Instructional Resource

Lesson File:Farm Animal Masks

This document contains the animal masks that Joyce gives her students to act out the problems.

Students In Action

Lesson File:Classroom Video: Developing a Conceptual Understanding

In this professional video, students are writing number sentences based off of pictures as they begin to explore the concept of subtraction.

Students In Action

Lesson File:Classroom Video: Intrinsic Motivation

In this video, Joyce reads the problem and her students act it out. Acting out problems helps students make meaning of the problems.

Student Practice

Lesson File:Where Did They Go SMARTBoard Slides

This document contains the "take away" problems that Joyce's students practice solving and later act out.