Grade Levels: K-3

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP Jr. topic Adding and Subtracting Tens, and supports the standard of using place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Prompt students to reflect on problem-solving strategies. Ask:

  • What strategies do you use when adding or subtracting?
  • How can you use objects to help you add or subtract?


  • Play the Adding and Subtracting Tens movie.  
  • Click the pause button each time a question appears in Annie’s Notebook and discuss it as a class. Then play to see how Annie answers it. 

TIP: The pause button turns red to remind you to pause. 

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Students take the Easy Quiz or Hard Quiz, demonstrating what they learned about the topic while applying essential literacy skills.


Students express what they learned about adding and subtracting tens while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student or grade-level needs.

  • Draw About It: Draw a picture or make a number sentence to illustrate Moby’s math problem.
  • Activity: Which path to the castle is shorter? Add the lengths of both to find out.
  • Talk About It: Fill in the missing numbers to get the sum or difference shown.
  • Write About It: Write a story around this number sentence: 30 – 10 = ?

More to Explore 

Addition and Subtraction Unit: Continue to build understanding around number and operations by exploring more BrainPOP Jr. topics.

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