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Flexibility and fluidity with addition is an important part of the first grade math curriculum, but it takes lots of practice to gain confidence with this skill. This lesson in addition offers guided practice which aims to increase mental math and fluency with addition. When your child finishes this lesson, you can continue the addition practice by downloading and printing the accompanying addition worksheets.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities.

## Number Pairs Song

Learning number pairs that add together to make 10 is a foundational math skill for first grade. Help your kid get a jumpstart on mental addition with this catchy song! Early learners will love the cheerful dance animation in this song, while parents and teachers will love how the repetitive lyrics help kids learn and retain information about number pairs.

Take to the skies in this high-flying math adventure game. Secret Agent Addition is an ultra-cool way for your first grader to visualize addition and counting on by using a number line. In it, your child will follow the on-screen instructions to lay out a path for Floyd as he tries to catch his cat nemesis, working on addition within 20 in the process.

## Bubble Buster: Addition Within 10

What number pairs add to equal 5? 6? 7? Give kids a healthy dose of mental additionâ€”and loads of fun to bootâ€”with this fast-paced math game. Kids must choose pairs that add to equal different target numbers. They must act quickly though; each time they advance to a new round, the balls drop faster and faster! Set to silly music and featuring great artwork, this activity will have gamer kids coming back over and over again.

## The Temple of Cheeza

Follow Floyd and Birdee as they use addition to solve clues and get the treasure in "The Temple of Cheeza."

Young mathematicians will get addition practice with this Adding Fish Game. In this fun interactive game, students help Birdie and Cuz-Cuz find the total number of fish they've won. Children will move the goldfish to Birdie and Cuz-Cuz's individual fish bowls, and then total them up. This resource provides a great visual representation of addition to help first graders grasp this math concept.

Roly the wrecking ball and crane operator Floyd need your kid's help to take down an old building. Kids must rely on mental addition to figure out which brick needs to be demolished. This engaging math game helps ease early learners into mental math by encouraging strategies that rely on the use of multiples of 10. Kids will get such a kick out of Roly knocking out bricks that they won't realize their building important mental math skills.

## Bubble Buster: Addition to 10

This bubble buster game helps students to practice their skills with addition to 10. Students are asked to touch two numbers to make 10 as quickly as possible, graduating to more challenging levels as they play. Learning addition within 10 is crucial to gaining math fluency, which is especially the focus in first grade.

## Add Up the Fantasy Coins

Whoever these characters are, they sure have a lot of coins! First your child will solve a multi-step word problem by placing coins to each character's basket and then she'll adding them all together to find the total number of coins. This game demonstrates the usefulness of visual aids when solving word problems and it's a fun way for her to practice her addition skills.

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