March 21, 2019
By Jasmine Gibson

EL Support Lesson

One More Please!

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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Maths Mystery BagsLesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Maths Mystery BagsLesson plan.

Students will be able to identify numbers that are one more.


Students will be able to explain how to make patterns of one more.

(2 minutes)
  • Gather the class together for the lesson.
  • Hold up your hand and say, "This is my hand. I have five fingers on each hand. Can you hold up your hand? Can everyone show me four fingers? Now hold up one more finger. Look, now you are holding up five fingers."
  • Repeat this process a few times beginning with different amounts, and always adding one.
  • Say, "Today we are going to practise adding one more!"
(5 minutes)
  • Review counting using a hundreds chart or number line by pointing to numbers 0-10 and counting them aloud.
  • Introduce addition equations by writing a number sentence on the board (e.g. 2 + 1 = 3) and reading the problem aloud while pointing to each part. Define Number sentenceAs the way we record maths problems using symbols.
  • Show the symbols using hand motions (e.g. + and = signs) and have students copy you.
  • Create an example problem students can identify with using physical objects, e.g. "I have two pencils, then I find one more pencil. How many pencils do I have in all?"
  • Model how to write the problem as an equation, and then demonstrate how to count the objects to find the sum.
(5 minutes)
  • Provide another story problem such as, "I have three toys, then I got another toy. How many do I have in all?"
  • Repeat the story problem, this time writing the matching equation on the board (3 + 1 = __) and have the students practise making the hand motions for + and = as you say them aloud.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner to solve the problem. Provide maths manipulatives for students to use.
  • Gather the group back together and discuss how they solved the problem. What strategies did they use?
(10 minutes)
  • Display the Matching Numbers One More worksheet and go over the instructions.
  • As students finish, tell them to turn and talk to partner to share their work. Ask partners to share their strategies and compare their answers.


  • In a small group, provide additional practise. Use equation mats for students to use as the whole group completes an addition problem together.
  • Provide vocabulary support in student home language (L1).


  • Introduce the concept of LessTo students and practise subtraction equations.
  • Have students complete additional worksheets and then share multiple strategies to solve the same problem with a partner.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect student work samples and assess if students are able to accurately one more.
  • Listen to students as they share strategies. Are they able to explain how to add one more? Are there any areas of confusion?
(3 minutes)
  • Gather the class back together and say and write a number between 1-9. Ask the students to show that number plus one more using their fingers. Repeat with a few additional numbers.

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