Math Practice Plates

Math Practice Plates lesson plan

Serve up a helping of math! Use plastic plates and Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons to practice math facts with your students.

  • 1.

    Plastic plates are a great alternative surface for Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons if no individual white boards are available. For this lesson, provide each student with a large, white plastic plate, a tissue and Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons.

  • 2.

    Practice math facts using Dry-Erase Crayons to write a number sentence. Students draw pictures of food on their plates to match the number sentence and then write the answer. Take an added step and label the answer using words.

  • 3.

    Simply wipe off the plate with the E-Z Erase Mitt or a handy tissue and serve up another helping of math.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • MATH: Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • MATH: Add and subtract within 20.
  • VA: Use the visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Ask students to work in pairs to practice their basic addition and subtraction facts. Have students draw the number pictures and then trade with a partner to write the number and solve.
  • Students demonstrate the concept of same and different by drawing a number picture on the board and having students draw the same picture on their plates, then writing the number expression on the plates. Students should also provide a solution for their number expression.