Make a Number with Addition


With our Make a Number with Addition lesson plan, students learn that they can make the same number many different ways using addition. Students practice using the addition of different numbers to make the same number (for example, you can make 4 by adding 3 and 1 or 2 and 2).

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to have students use a graphic organizer to create as many facts as they can for a specific number.

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What our Make a Number with Addition lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Make a Number with Addition lesson plan teaches students the different ways that numbers can be added to make the same number (for example, you can make 6 by adding 1 and 5 or 2 and 4). At the end of the lesson, students will be able to create multiple addition sentences for a single number. This lesson is for students in 1st grade and 2nd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the blue box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson are bags of cubes, index cards, and the handouts. To prepare for the lesson ahead of time, you can gather the supplies and copy the handouts.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to have students use a graphic organizer to create as many facts as they can for a specific number. If you have more advanced students, you can have them start to decompose numbers into smaller parts. You could also have your students create a sum using three or more numbers. Finally, you can have students use pictures to represent the different facts for their number.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


Make a Number with Addition

The Make a Number with Addition lesson plan includes two pages of content. The lesson begins by stating that you can make a number using addition in many different ways. The lesson uses the number 6 as an example. To make the number 6, you can add 5 + 1, 2 +4, or 3 +3. The lesson illustrates this using the example of pigs at a state competition. One farmer brings pink pigs, and the other brings red. One farmer can bring 5 red pigs, and the other can bring 1 pink pig, for a total of 6. The lesson shows every possible combination of pigs. There are five ways add numbers together to make a sum of 6. When you look at these combinations as addition sentences, you can see a pattern. Once you understand the pattern, you can use it to help you make numbers with addition!


The Make a Number with Addition lesson plan includes four worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, a homework assignment, and a quiz. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


For the activity worksheet, students will use cubes to make numbers using addition. They will use two different color cubes. The teacher will begin by demonstrating the activity. They will write a number on the board and ask students to use cubes to show all the different ways they can make that numbers. The teacher will then show students how to write the problem onto an index card using a number sentence. They will also draw a picture of their cubes underneath the number sentence. Students are also given a list of five different numbers to complete and write on separate index cards.


The practice worksheet asks students to color in the blocks using two different colors to show different ways to make specific numbers using addition.


For the homework assignment, students will use the given numbers to fill in the boxes correctly. For example, students are given the numbers 1, 2, 7, and 8, and need to show how to make 9. They will write 1 and 8 in the first two boxes, since 1 + 8 = 9, and 2 and 7 in the second set of boxes, because 2 + 7 = 9 as well.


This lesson includes a quiz that you can use to test students’ knowledge and understanding of the lesson material. For the quiz, students will draw lines to match the pictures with the correct numbers.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the practice worksheet, the homework assignment, and the quiz. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade



State Educational Standards

LB.Math.Content.1.OA.A.1, LB.Math.Content.2.OA.B.2

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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Make a Number with Addition

Very effective resource material.