Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 1 resources related to the following standard:
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Add and subtract within 20.
5. Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).

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This interactive Flash applet supports the exploration of numbers to 100 by simulating a 100-bead string. A teacher or child can move all or some beads to the left or right to add and subtract. The controls allow users to move beads individually or 10 at a time to model different counting and calculation strategies. Users can hide or show the numbers represented by the beads. This applet lends itself well to use on an interactive white board. A pdf guide to this collection of teaching applets is cataloged separately.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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With this flexible Flash applet students can explore a wide range of concepts, including addition and subtraction, factors and multiples, fractions, ratios, and combinations. Users place, move and rotate virtual Cuisenaire Rods on a grid which can be enlarged, reduced, moved or printed. It contains a link to page of challenges which can take advantage of this tool.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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In this 6-lesson unit, students use dominoes to explore four models of addition: counting, number line, sets, and balanced equations. They learn about the commutative property, the relation between addition and subtraction, the result of adding 0, and the concept of doubles. Students write story problems which involve the operation of addition and begin to memorize the addition facts. They represent addition in pictures. The various models of addition help students develop a rich conceptual schema for addition. Included are a Bibliography of Counting Books, student materials, questions for student and teacher reflection, assessment and extension ideas. [Suggestion: Use the alternate applet, Pan Balance - Numbers, listed as a Related Resource, rather than Pan Balance - Shapes, in Lesson 4.]
Activity, Game, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This problem helps learners become more familiar with odd and even numbers and addition facts within five. By challenging them to justify their findings, it also develops reasoning and communication skills. The problem displays 9 dominoes and asks the student to sort them according to parity, and then into pairs totaling 5 pips. It poses questions that stimulate thinking about basic number concepts. The Teachers' Notes page offers suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, ideas for extension and support, and a link to an interactive Dominoes Environment (cataloged separately).
Activity
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
4
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This web page describes several games and puzzles that build number sense, fact and computational fluency, flexibility, and reasoning. Each activity uses an ordinary set of double-6 dominoes. After describing dominoes generally, the page provides rules for the basic domino game and a variation, and proposes several other challenges involving addition, multiplication and prime numbers. The page includes a link to an interactive Dominoes Environment (cataloged separately).
Activity
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
5
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This interactive Flash applet provides a customizable set of dominoes that users can manipulate to play games or solve puzzles. It can be used with an interactive whiteboard to facilitate group work. Users can determine the size of a set (up to double-9), remove individual dominoes, rotate and move them, and change their size. The Teachers' Notes page includes a link to page containing domino games and challenges (cataloged separately).
Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This 37-page pdf provides background information and teaching activities for developing young children's number sense. The document includes instructions and printable materials for using dot cards, five frames, and ten frames.
Activity, Game, Instructional Strategy, Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1
5
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This narrative document describes the progression of Counting and Cardinality and Operations and Algebraic Thinking across the K-5 grade band. It is informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. The document discusses the most important goals for elementary students that of understanding and using numbers. The focus is on the basic operations—the kinds of quantitative relationships they model and consequently the kinds of problems they can be used to solve as well as their mathematical properties and relationships.
Reference Materials, Article
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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In this problem students practice basic addition and subtraction skills along with logical reasoning to satisfy three interdependent conditions. Solvers use the clues provided to determine the number of eggs in each of three baskets. The Teachers' Notes page offers rationale, suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, ideas for extension and support, a PowerPoint presentation, and vocabulary cards (pdf).
Activity
Grade Level: 1, 2
2.5
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This series of activities can be used to introduce number sequences and patterns and to reinforce parity (even and odd numbers) and its application in addition. The resources are intended for use on an interactive whiteboard but may also be used individually or in small groups. They can be accessed online or downloaded (zip) to a local computer. The pack includes teacher notes, background information on the content, and a student worksheet.
Activity, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3
5
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