Add and Subtract Lesson Plans – Addends and Minuends to 10,000


Want to save time planning your adding and subtracting unit and have access to activities that students love? These SOL-aligned Addition and Subtraction Lesson Plans (with addends and minuends up to 10,000) come with detailed lesson plans, worksheets, games, centers, exit tickets, assessments, and much more! PDF and digital activities are included for both in-personal and virtual learning.

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Addition and Subtraction Lesson Plans – Addends and Minuends to 10,000 (Math SOL 4.CE.1)

Are you looking for no-prep lessons and activities to teach addition and subtraction? Look no further! These Addition and Subtraction Lesson Plans (Addends and Minuends to 10,000) provide everything you need to teach adding and subtracting whole numbers. Save time planning and your students will love completing the hands-on activities found in this unit.

To take a closer look at some of the things included in this unit, check out the preview images at the top of the page!

What will students learn through these detailed lesson plans?

14 Detailed lesson plans are included to help students learn and practice the following skills–

  • Apply various strategies (listed below) and algorithms to determine the sum or difference of two whole numbers.
  • Apply strategies (including rounding) to estimate a solution for single-step or multi-step addition or subtraction problems with whole numbers.
  • Determine and justify whether an estimate or an exact answer is appropriate when solving contextual problems involving addition and subtraction with whole numbers.

What strategies are used to teach addition and subtraction?

The following addition strategies are taught in these lesson plans:

  • Place value models
  • Expanded form (horizontal place value)
  • Adding by place value (vertical place value)
  • Number lines (counting forwards)
  • Compensation
  • Standard algorithm

The following subtraction strategies are taught in these lesson plans:

  • Place value models
  • Expanded form (horizontal place value)
  • Number lines (counting backwards)
  • Compensation
  • Standard algorithm

For each strategy, there is an anchor chart that provides step-by-step instructions and visual aids for using the strategy to solve.

Each lesson includes worksheets that require students to use the specific strategy taught AND worksheets and games that can be used with any strategy. Quizzes and the test allow students to choose any strategy to solve.

What comes in these Addition and Subtraction Lesson Plans?

You will find the following included in this math unit–

  • 14 Detailed Lesson Plans
  • 64 Worksheets
  • 24 Task Cards
  • 15 Anchor Charts
  • 14 Exit Tickets
  • 11 Games
  • 4 Sorts/Foldables
  • 2 Quizzes
  • Final Test
  • Word Wall Cards
  • Digital Activities for Google Slides
  • Answer Keys

Are digital resources included?

Some worksheets, the quizzes, and the test within these Addition and Subtraction Lesson Plans are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.

What standards are covered?

These Addition and Subtraction Lesson Plans are specifically created to align with Virginia math SOL 4.CE.1a-c although the lessons and activities closely align with most math standards related to addition and subtraction (where addends and minuends do not exceed 10,000).

Don’t Miss Out!

These Addition and Subtraction Lesson Plans require minimal prep work and are easy to implement whether teaching in-person or virtually. Students will also enjoy learning about adding and subtracting as they play games, complete hands-on activities, and relate addition and subtraction to real-world examples.


This unit is included in my 4th Grade Math Curriculum Bundle for a discounted price!


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