Content Area: Math Grade level: Kindergarten Standards



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Grade level: Kindergarten
Standards: Math Computation (K.2.1)
Title: Cloud Addition
Submitted by: Tricia Brownell- White Lick Elementary School
Brief Description: As a whole class, discuss simple addition strategies. Read Mission: Addition by Loreen Leedy to the class. Demonstrate addition of two numbers by using concrete manipulatives for the whole group. Split into 4 leveled groups for math centers. The following lesson is just one of the four math centers. This center will be teacher led. Each center will take 15 minutes to complete. Students will complete as many problems as they can in that amount of time.
Attachments (if any): Cloud Addition Work Mat worksheet

Kindergarten Tiered Lesson
Subject: Math—Computation (K.2.1)
Whole Class: Discuss simple addition strategies. Read Mission: Addition by Loreen Leedy to the class. Demonstrate addition of two numbers by using concrete manipulatives for the whole group. Split up into 4 leveled groups for math centers. The following lesson is just one of the four math centers. This center will be teacher led. Each center will take 15 minutes to complete. Students will complete as many problems as they can in that amount of time.
Materials: Cloud addition work mat, several cotton balls, recording sheet (based on group ability level), and pencil (for each child)

Group 1 (High)


  • Students will be responsible for reading their own story problems. Teacher will provide scaffolding as needed.

  • Students will use cotton balls to illustrate each problem.

  • Unneeded information will be inserted into problems, so children have to discriminate which information to use.

  • This group will be adding two numbers to 20.

  • After cotton balls have been placed on mat, students will record the problem on their record sheets, writing a full number sentence. Their record sheets will be a blank piece of paper. They will be responsible for every element of the number sentence.

  • An extension activity for this group is to have them glue three cloud combinations to a blue piece of construction paper. Students will write an addition number sentence for their picture. Ex: 4+5+3=12


Groups 2 and 3 (Middle)

  • Teacher will recite a variety of addition story problems to the group. Students will use cotton balls to illustrate each problem.

  • Students will be adding two numbers to 15.

  • The teacher will demonstrate how to write a simple number sentence to the group. The students will be expected to write their own number sentences on their blank record sheet.



Group 4 (Low)

  • Teacher will demonstrate a few addition story problems on her own work mat.

  • Teacher will recite a variety of addition story problems to the group. Students will use cotton balls to illustrate each problem. Story problems will contain only pertinent information.


  • These students will be adding two numbers to 10.

  • The record sheet will be formatted as follows: ____+_____=______.

  • The students will have a number line to refer to for number writing. A variety of manipulatives will also be provided.





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