Addition Doubles Chant for Morning Meeting

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

I’ve been visiting my 1st-grade classrooms and doing a lesson on addition doubles for morning meeting the last couple of weeks. So much fun!

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This lesson comes from the book Doing Math in Morning Meeting. Such a great resource!

So, here’s the blueprint. The kiddos should be sitting in a large circle. I started by asking if they could tell me what an addition double was (both addends the same) and took several examples (3 + 3, 5 + 5, etc.). Then, I modeled the chant using the teacher as my partner, reminding kids that they needed to be gentle with each other (you’ll see why…). After we modeled, the kiddos got a chance to try. None of the students knew what a “rump” was. It was hysterical when I told them…by patting my behind!   🙂

(Standing) The chant goes like this:

Double, double, bump, bump (bump hips)

Double, double, pump, pump (pump fists)

Double, double, jump, jump (jump up twice)

Double, double, jump, jump (jump up twice)(Have students sit for this last part)

Double, double, rump, rump (bounce up and down on your rump)

Now that the kiddos know the chant, they’re ready for the activity.

You’ll need two dice. You can use either standard dice (1-6) or ten-sided dice (0-9). I like to put them in a small plastic container to make it easier for the wee ones.

In turn, each child shakes the container and adds the numbers on the two dice (GREAT formative assessment!). If a student rolls a double, the class stands up and does the chant. After sitting back down, the container continues moving around the circle until each student has had a chance.

You could easily do the same activity for multiplication with older kiddos. If you try this with your class, I hope you’ll leave a comment. 🙂

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  1. Amy B

    OMG this is awesome! I will be doing this next week! Thanks Donna!

  2. jbales

    Oh Boy-my class will love this!

  3. Christy

    I am a math coach too and this is such a perfect idea for first graders! I know you mentioned higher grade kids but I think even K kids would love it too. You could use a 1-3 dot cube for lower students but this time of year they could play it just like you have it. Thanks for the info!

    P.S. I’m giving away my new counting collections packet to 3 teachers on Jan. 31st. I am in love this concept!

    AMSTI Kindergarten Style.

  4. Lisa

    I did this today and my 1st graders loved it!! They all wanted to do it at home!!!

  5. TheElementary MathManiac

    Love this book! Definitely one that should be in every school.

    The Math Maniac

  6. Deb

    My team put this activity in the plans for next week! I typed it up so it could double as fluency practice. If anyone is interested, it’s free: TN: Not very fancy


    Not very fancy

  7. Elizabeth

    I love this doubles chant, and I used it with my preschooler this week!!


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