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Math Lesson
for Train Day
Objective:
The students will write number
sentences.

Materials

Procedure

Pass
out the manipulatives, the All
Aboard the Math Train Worksheet, and one train
cutout to each student.

Work
together as a class to make addition number sentences
for a number such as 4. Tell the students their
manipulative (beans, counting bears, etc.) are going
to climb aboard Train #4. Each train has 3 cars
for the students to divide the manipulatives onto. The
students may take 4 counters and place them on the
train cars to make equations using either 2 or three
addends. For example, one student may
place 1 counter on the first car and 3 on the second
car making the equation "1+3=4."
Another student may place 1 counter on the first car,
2 on the second and 1 on the third making the equation
"1+2+1=4."

Have
the students share how they placed their
counters. Record the number sentences on the
chalk board. Discuss the term "addend"
if needed. Point out the wide variety of ways
for reaching the number 4.

Have
the students complete the All
Aboard the Math Train Worksheet. This can be
done individually, in pairs, or as a whole class,
depending on the age of the students.

Other
Lesson Ideas

Write
story problems about trains that have collected
passengers, as well as had passengers disembark.
These will include both addition and subtraction
problems.

Divide
the students into groups of 4 or 5. Give them
different colors of rectangular construction paper to
pose as train cars. Have the students form
trains which contain patterns in the way the colors of
the cars are arranged.

Have
a lesson in telling time using a train schedule as a
basis. For example, if a train leaves the
station at 2:00 and arrives at its destination 4 hours
later, what time will it be?

Have
a money lesson using train ticket prices as a starting
point.


