Education Technology

Action-Packed Stories

Activity Overview

Students learn to use whole numbers and the operations of addition and subtraction. They choose a number and create a story using the number selected and illustrate the number story. They represent the action in the story on the calculator.


Students will explore the following concepts in this activity:

  • whole numbers
  • addition
  • subtraction
  • problem solving



About the Lesson

To introduce the activity,  read Ten Black Dots, One Hungry Monster, or Anno’s Counting House with students to help spark some creative ideas for the stories they will be writing.

Distribute the student activity and have students work in pairs to write four stories about any number they choose. Then have them draw illustrations and use their calculators to represent the numbers in the new stories.