# Build Stairs with Cubes - Lesson for Preschool, Chapter - Number Stories - 1 Less

In the "Build Stairs with Cubes" lesson, preschool students embark on an exciting journey into the realm of basic subtraction and counting within the context of a story. By engaging in activities such as the Slinky Steps Worksheet, Undersea Subtraction Worksheet, and Subtracting 1 Using Cubes, students will explore the concept of "1 less" in a fun and interactive manner. Specifically, they will learn to count to 5 and understand subtraction by physically removing one cube at a time to build stair-like structures.

This hands-on approach not only strengthens their counting skills but also introduces them to the foundational concept of subtraction in a way that is both understandable and enjoyable. Understanding subtraction as "taking away" is crucial for developing mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills at an early age. Furthermore, by relating these abstract concepts to real-world scenarios through story-based activities, students will enhance their ability to apply mathematical reasoning in everyday situations. This lesson serves as a building block for future mathematical learning, setting a strong foundation for more complex mathematical concepts and operations as students advance in their education.

Estimated classroom time: 10 min
Chapter: Number Stories - 1 Less
Unit: Counting to 5
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1st
3:00 min
worksheet
2nd
3:00 min
Undersea Subtraction Worksheet
worksheet
3rd
4:00 min
Subtracting 1 Using Cubes
Quiz
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• ### Activity 1 / Slinky Steps Worksheet

Slinkies are fun to play with, and your kids will have that opportunity in this colorful worksheet. The only way you can get your kids to become better with counting and mathematics reasoning is by constant practice, and exercises such as this one. Give your kids the extra help they need with this printout, and your own assistance. Help the slink down the stairs by selecting and checking the steps that are missing in the pile.

• ### Activity 2 / Undersea Subtraction Worksheet

If your kids are learning how to subtract numbers in school now, or you simply wish to give them an upper hand in learning, use this mathematics worksheet to help them get some practice. First, warm up your child’s mind by asking them to identify the different kind of fish that are in the picture. Then, look at the equations given. Ask your kids to circle the number that completes the number sentences.

• ### Activity 3 / Subtracting 1 Using Cubes - Quiz

This quiz assesses students’ ability to subtract by 1, by using ones cubes.