Number Stories

This two or three day lesson asks scholars to create their number stories and make an ebook on Story Jump to share with their friends and families.

Subject/Course: Math + Language Arts                                                                        

Grade Level: 1+ (This lesson and the technology it uses can be easily changed to fit almost any grade level.)

Topic: Adding, Subtracting, Writing

Preparation: There is an assumption that scholars have been working on narrative writing in Language Arts and addition and subtraction Math. The teacher also need to create their own e-books and template for scholar beforehand. For example I created the following for my lesson:


Specific Expectations:

Language Arts:

  • communicate ideas and information orally in a clear, coherent manner
  • begin to identify some vocal effects, including tone, pace, pitch, and volume, and use them appropriately to help communicate their meaning
  • write short texts using a few simple forms


  • solve a variety of problems involving the addition and subtraction of whole numbers to 20, using concrete materials and drawings
  • represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 50, using a variety of tools

Learning Goals: Scholars will be able to create number story using addition and subtraction with sums and difference up to the number 20. Scholars will tell a story that follow a clear progression and is clear through writing, pictures, and orally through a presentation or a recording of the scholars reading their number story.

Success Criteria:

  • I can write a short story.
  • I can present my short story.
  • I can add to sums up to 20.
  • I can subtract to differences with numbers up to 20.

Lesson -DAY 1


Remind scholars that we have been working on narrative writing in class. Quickly go over that stories need character, setting a beginning, middle, and end, and that it needs to flow properly. Let them know that this is really important when we are writing a number story.

Modelled Reading: Teacher reads the e-book they created through and models how to create adding or subtraction equations with the information provided in the book.

Guided Writing: Teacher will create an e-book with scholars to help model what they need to do when they create their e-books. Again, show that their different ways to present addition and subtraction. Scholars will be given manipulatives to mimic the addition and subtraction in the stories.

Teacher provide instruction of assignment:

  1. Scholars will create their own e-books using
  2. It needs to have both an addition and subtraction part.
  3. Scholars will present their books to the class either by oral reading or recording audio with their book.
  4. Teacher will call reading groups to the round table to discuss their stories.

Middle: Scholars will work independently on E-Books.

End for the First Day: Teacher will give each scholars an exit ticket. Teacher asks scholars to write down the addition and subtraction they have in their books in a number sentence. This will help teacher ensure that scholars’ math in their story’s are correct. Scholars hand in exit ticket and can grab their lunch after.

Lesson -DAY 2


Remind scholars to ask the following questions to ensure their stories make sense:

  • Who were the characters in the book?
  • Where did the story take place?
  • Did the order of the book make sense? Special focus on subtraction part. E.g. Would it make sense if in the beginning of the book we said 3 bears left right away? Answer: No because no bears have arrived yet.

Middle: Teacher will call reading groups to discuss progress, math, and editing their stories.

End: Time permitting presentations begin and will carry over the next day.

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