Nuts to You! Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
- Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert
- writing paper, one sheet per student
- mixed nuts, in their shells (enough for each student to have 10 to 20)
- copy of the squirrel in the window box, one copy per student
Set Up and Prepare
Be certain you don't use peanuts, as many students are allergic to them. You may also want to check to see if your mixed nuts were bagged in a facility that processes peanuts.It's also important to remind students that these nuts have shells and they could hurt their teeth by trying to eat them.
Demonstrate how to add and subtract nuts by moving them on and off the squirrel paper. Read students a number sentence and have them write it out as they act it out with the nuts.
Example: The squirrel had 3 nuts. (Students should put 3 nuts on their squirrel paper and write 3 on their writing paper.) He was hungry from gathering nuts all day, so he ate 1 of the nuts. (Students should take 1 nut of off their squirrel paper and write -1 on their writing paper.) How many nuts did the squirrel have left? (Students should write = and the answer to the problem.)
Continue by making up new number sentences for students to solve.
Have students work in pairs to create and write their own number sentences.