Addition in Bloom

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Students will be able to add sums with domino dot patterns.

Big Idea

Celebrate spring with this flower themed mini lesson that gives students practice composing addition sentences.


10 minutes

This is a quick lesson that I put together for our celebration of May Day.  We did not have time for a full math lesson, so I came up with this lesson to allow for reinforcement and review of making 10.

For this activity you will need Addition in Bloom flowers.  I print two sets on a colored printer and laminated for durability.  Every student will need one flower.

I gather the students in a circle and tell them, We are going to practice making sums.  Each of you will get a flower with some domino dots.  You will move around the circle and find someone to partner with.  Try to find someone whose flower looks different than yours.  When you find a partner, I want you to come up with the addition sentence that goes with your flowers.

The students stand up and circulate around the room.  They return to the circle once they have their partner.  After everyone has found their partner, we go around the circle and the students say their addition sentence together.  I then have the students switch flowers with someone who was not their partner and we repeat the process again.  When we are all done, I collect the flowers and the students move back to their seats to get directions for the next activity.


20 minutes

For this activity, you will need the Flowery Addition included as a PDF with this lesson.    You will also need a set of dice for each pair of students. 

I explain to the students, We are going to use dice to practice adding.  You and your partner will each have a recording sheet with flowers on it with different numbers.  You will roll the dice then add the two numbers together.  Find the flower that has that sum on it.  Write the number sentence under the flower and color it in.  Then your partner will do the same things.  If you roll a number that you have already colored in, you will need to say, “pass” and your partner will go.  Whoever has the most flowers colored in by the time we are done will be the winner.

The students begin playing the game.  See video.  I circulate around the room to monitor their progress.  As the students complete their work, I check it before they put it in their mailboxes.  I have them say a couple of the number sentences so they get practice with their language skills.