Cinco de Mayo! Practice with Addition Equations

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Students will be able to write and solve addition equations.

Big Idea

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with this fun lesson that includes a simple student story book and game.


10 minutes

For this part of the lesson, you will need Celebrating Cinco de Mayo Book.  Run the book and double staple on the side.  If you cut the book in half, you will have two copies.

Prior to reading the book, my students watched a video on Cinco de Mayo.  It is available through United Streaming if your district has a subscription.  It is called Holiday Facts and Fun: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo.  You could watch any other informative video on Cinco de Mayo or read a nonfiction text on it as well.  After we watch the movie, I gather the students around my chair and I read for them my copy of the student book that I have colored in.  We discuss each page of the book and whether it was something we saw in the movie.

After we are done reading, the students set the book aside.  They will be given time to color in it later after they complete the activity in the next section of the lesson.


15 minutes

For this part of the lesson, you will need Pinata Adding included as a PDF with this lesson.  You will also need one set of 6 sided dice for each pair of students. 

I pass the game sheet out to the students and tell them, We are going to get some more practice making addition sentences.  You will be partnered up.  You and your partner will take turns rolling the dice.  You will add the dice together.  Look for that number on your game sheet.  Color that number in and then write the number sentence that the dice show.  For example, if I roll a one and a two, I will color in the number 3 pinata.  I will write the number sentence underneath.  1 + 2 = 3.  It will then be my partner's turn.  If you need counters to help you add, they are available. 

If I roll the dice and they add up to a number I have already rolled, I can use the ANY # spaces in the middle. Once that is full, I will need to say, "Pass".   The first person to color in all the pinatas is the winner.  If we don't have time to finish, the person who has colored the most pinatas will be the winner.

I circulate around the room as the children are working.  See Cinco de Mayo Math.  It is fun to observe the students working with the dice and how quickly some of them  can add.  When they are all done, I check their work and I have them read a few of their equations aloud for me.