Kindergarten - 1st grade resources - games, activities, web pages

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Guided MAth Trainings

Click here for resources for Core Lessons, Assessing Resources, Online Interactive Games, Fact Fluency Activities, and Center/Game Ideas

PowerPoint on early number concepts, counting, more/less and number relationships
PowerPoint on addition, subtraction and early place value
PowerPoint on geometry, measurement and data

Georgia Common Core lessons
Engage NY Common Core lessons (This is the 4th grade page. Other grades are linked on the left side of this page.)
Bridges Supplements This is the 3rd grade page, but the other grades are linked on the left side of this page. The supplemental activities are downloadable as PDFs.

Illuminations Activities from NCTM

Let's Count To Ten, a set of lessons that helps children learn to count objects. In Lesson 1, students make groups of zero to 5 objects, connect number names to the groups, compose and decompose numbers, and use numerals to record the size of a group. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities are used to help students begin to acquire a sense of number. By Lesson 8, students are creating, decomposing, and comparing sets of zero to 10 objects and writing the cardinal number for each set.
Frogs on a Log: Students learn their first basic addition facts
as they make the connection between counting and finding one more
than a number. Students will manipulate frogs on a number line
to represent adding 1 to a number.
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Do It With Dominoes, a set of lessons that helps children develop a rich conceptual schema for addition by exploring four models of addition, counting, number lines, sets and balanced equations. The "sets" model uses dot cards or dominoes, as does the lesson on "Seeing Doubles." The concept of missing addends is explored in the last lesson.

How Many More Fish? This unit focuses on comparative subtraction. The students use fish-shaped crackers to explore five meanings for the operations of subtraction (counting, sets, number line, balance, and inverse of addition). Comparative subtraction extends the students early understandings about counting, addition, and subtraction in the take-away mode. In this unit, the students investigate properties of subtraction, represent subtraction in objects and pictures, and record subtraction in both vertical notation and equations. They create and solve problems involving comparative subtraction. Students answer such questions as "How many more?" and "How many less?" Missing addend activities provide students with an experience in algebraic thinking.

Sum Search During this lesson, students practice addition facts (with sums of 5, 6, 7, and 8) in a concentration-game format using dominoes. Then they generate sums to given numbers using a calculator and record them on a hundreds chart and look for patterns.

Take Away This lesson introduces elementary students to subtraction through solving and creating story problems involving taking away. The objective is to create a link between students' experiences and mathematics. This lesson was adapted from "Helping Students Understand Subtraction" by Anita Page, which appeared in the November 1994 Teaching Children Mathematics, Vol. 1, No. 3.

the teaching channel videos

Let's Count! Learning Numbers in Multiple Ways (pre-K and K)
Quick Images: Visualizing Number Combinations
Skip Counting with Counting Collections
Popsicle Stick Math: Making 10
Beyond Fingers: Place Value and the Numbers 11-19
All About Numbers (Explorations with fact families and adding three or four numbers within 20; developing even/odd)
Counting Collections to 100
Leprechaun Traps: Addition Within 100 (A Teaching Channel Video)

activities for early number sense

Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics Grades K-3,
by John A. Van de Walle and Louann H. Lovin.
Published by Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2006.

Make sets of more/less/same - activity directions
Teacher website with more/less/same activities
51qQDiyfeOL__SL500_AA300_.jpgChapter on early number concepts
Coming to Know Number: A Mathematics Activity Resource
for Elementary School Teachers, by Grayson H. Wheatley.
Published by Mathematics Learning, Tallahassee, Florida, 1999.
Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson.
This book is a companion to the Assessing Math Concepts
booklets listed below.


rekenreks.jpg Buy rekenreks here: class set of 25 with teacher board for $62.75 or intervention group set of 6 with teacher board for $20
Rekenrek activities and directions for making your own (pdf)
Additional rekenrek activities (pdf)

Ten Frame Activities

Download the packet of ten frame activities, with black-line masters you can use to make your own ten frame cards, dot cards etc.
These You Tube videos show how they can be used: How to Teach a Child Math, Pt. 1 and How to Teach a Child Math, Pt. 2.
It Makes Sense!: Using Ten-frames to Build Number Sense,
Grades K-2, by Melissa Conklin
Available at Amazon
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number talks

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Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math
and Computation Strategies, Grades K-5, by Sherry Parrish
Includes DVD
Available at Amazon

Number Talks website by Kathy Richardson
and Math Perspectives Teacher Development Center
The distinction between lessons and number talks (PDF)


Ingham ISD Number sense assessment for K and 1, to supplement AIMSweb screening

Assessing Math Concepts booklets from Kathy Richardson
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Developing Number Concepts - 3-part Series and Guide
to accompany Assessing Math Concepts Order here

cognitively guided instruction

Children's Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction,
by Carpenter, Fennema, et. al. 1999, Heinemann
Available at Amazon
Powerpoint on CGI addition/subtraction problem types and solution strategies, from K-1 Math Academy session
CGI Problem Sets for thematic units (fill in the blanks)
Game Boards from Pinterest (and other places) - to download, print and laminate

Daily 5 for Math

There are some interesting websites and books that might help you if you're setting up a "Daily 5" routine in your classroom, or just want to include more centers. If you find others, let me know.
Introducing Math Daily 3 Math by Myself, Math Writing, Math with Someone
BUILD for Math Daily 5 - Buddy games, Using manipulatives, Independent math, Learning about numbers, Doing math
Adventures in Teaching with a BUILD section
Daily 5 math ideas on Pinterest
Exploring Daily 5 Math in Kindergarten (Mrs. Grochocki's Daily 5 Math)
Delightful Daily 5 Cafe - Math Daily 5 (Laura Komos' blog)

Also, if you go to and search for Daily 5 Math
you'll find some interesting books about math centers and
daily math practice, including
Math Work Stations: Independent Learning You Can Count On, K-2,
by Debbie Diller, published by Stenhouse Publishers, 2011.
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Lots of games on this Numeracy website.

A simple pathway game board is helpful for counting. Roll a dice or turn over a card and move your piece (a dry bean, button, some other small object) that number of steps in the pathway. Children who count well can use two dice and try to determine the total number of steps before moving their piece. If two people play, the game is to see who gets to the end first.
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Geometry and Measurement Resources

Georgia Common Core Standards Activities for 1st grade geometry (All Georgia Common Core lesson plan documents, by grade - the overview document gives the topics for each unit)
YouTube video: Learn Shapes with Clever Car - Cartoon 3: Kite
The Greedy Triangle, written by Marilyn Burns, read on School Tube, on Anna Brantley's blog Crazy for First Grade
Shape Helper - found on Peace, Love and First Grade, graphics by Ashley Hughes
Shapes to color and count
Make a bar graph with shapes
2-D and 3-D Shapes with similar attributes
Fun video to learn 3-D shapes (sphere, cylinder, cube, cone) with real-life examples
Interactive applets about shapes
Peace, Love and First Grade, a blog by "Laura"
Ashley Hughes' Teachers Pay Teachers Store
Four Pinterest sites about shapes:
  1. Math Shapes - 2D
  2. Colors and Shapes
  3. Shapes
  4. 1G2 (the Common Core Standard for 1st grade shapes)

Online pattern blocks
NLVM (National Library of Virtual Manipulatives home page)
NCTM Illuminations (Patch Tool)