Lesson 19:

Alexandra teaches addition

Alexandra introduces addition by showing her class how to find the sums of random pairs of numbers. She writes the numbers on the whiteboard and uses the plus and equals signs accordingly, for example…

 7 + 9 = 16

Why this lesson falls short for some children...

The teacher has used writing to teach addition, for example, by using written numbers and the plus and equals signs. Some children need more meaningful and concrete methods that do not involve writing.

Furthermore, although children may be successful in finding the sums of random pairs of numbers, they may still struggle to use addition in a story problem or real-life context.

Learn to teach this lesson properly

  • Teach young children addition in concrete ways, without using writing.
  • Teach addition in ways that help children to later apply the information to real-life contexts.

Improve your instruction of young learners

To learn the specific methods for teaching this lesson correctly, please see Programs and Get the Books.