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 page provides examples of First Grade Number (Operations and Algebraic Thinking, and Number and Operations in Base Ten) activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. A CCSS standard is stated and the possible activities are listed below and linked. All activities are suitable for use in Math Centers, small group or whole class settings and are designed to elicit a range of responses and provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. Instructions for each task are typed in large print and written in child-friendly language to enable students to work on activities independently after a brief introduction to the task. All files listed are in PDF format.
Activity, Game
Grade Level: 1
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Students can use this interactive Flash applet to practice subitizing and counting groups of objects, to understand the importance of 5 in our base-10 number system, and to learn basic addition facts. In the four included games students construct groups of 5 objects, add groups of objects within 10, and identify and record numbers within 10. Auditory prompts support students with limited reading ability.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1
5
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This interactive Flash version of the familiar game Concentration ("pelmanism" in the UK) helps a single user practice addition facts while developing memory and concentration skills. The player can choose an array of 16, 20, or 24 cards, which appear face down. The goal is to flip two cards at a time to match all the 2- or 3-addend expressions with their sums as efficiently as possible. A scoring feature discourages random guessing. Printable versions of the game cards are available to download.
Activity, Game, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3
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This Nim-like interactive Flash game provides an opportunity to practice basic addition and subtraction while developing strategic thinking through generalization and by applying knowledge of factors and multiples. It can be played against the computer or a friend. Players take turns adding a whole number from 1 to 4 to a running total. The player who hits the target of 23 wins. Computer settings allow changing the target number, the range of numbers to add, who goes first, and whether the player reading the target wins or loses. The Teachers' Notes page offers suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, ideas for support, and links to related games.
Activity, Game, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This page contains thirty-three problems involving algebraic thinking from the Port Angeles School District in Washington state. Links to state GLEs and revised standards are provided. Topics covered include patterns, and concepts of equality and inequality and applications of arithmetic.
Problem Set
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This intereactive Flash applet helps children learn grouping, tally marks, place value, addition, and subtraction. Students help the alien spaceship move cows into corrals by counting by 5s and 10s. They also can apply those grouping skills to practice adding and subtracting two-digit numbers with regrouping. Audio cues and prompts reinforce the user's actions and facilitate counting and the development of math language.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
4
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The activities in this 6-lesson unit use fish-shaped crackers to help students develop their understanding of comparative subtraction by exploring five meanings of subtraction (counting, sets, number line, balance, and inverse of addition). Students investigate properties of subtraction, represent subtraction with objects and pictures, record subtraction with vertical notation and equations, create and solve problems, and carry out missing addend activities. Lessons include questions for student discussion and teacher reflection, extensions, printable student sheets, assessment options, and links to online applets.
Activity, Game, Instructional Strategy, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This interactive Flash applet helps students develop number sense and fluency with addition and subtraction facts within 10. Okta hides some bubbles under a shell, and then either adds more bubbles or takes some away. Students determine how many bubbles are left under the shell. Users can choose a specific one-digit starting number or let the applet choose randomly. Users can select addition, subtraction or both.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1
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This versatile interactive applet helps students learn to skip count, practice multiplication facts, and discover number patterns. Users select the number to count by and the starting number. In Practice mode the user clicks on the respective numbers in order. In Show mode the applet displays all numbers in the chosen counting sequence immediately. In Animate mode numbers in the counting sequence are highlighted in order one at a time.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
5
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In this problem students practice addition and subtraction (and possibly multiplication) while developing systematic work strategies. Given two types of ladybirds, each with either 4 or 7 spots, learners explore ways of combining them to achieve different total numbers of spots. The Teachers' Notes page offers rationale, suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, ideas for extension and support, and links to related games.
Activity
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3
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