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.
Secret Agent Addition 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 20 What number pairs add to equal 5? 6? 7? Give kids a healthy dose of mental addition—and loads of fun to boot—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.
Match: Addition Within 10 Facts First graders hone their single-digit addition skills in the game Match: Addition Within 10 Facts. In this mental math learning activity, young learners are given eight expressions and their goal is to match the cards that equal the same value. With three rounds of play, children will get faster at recognizing addition facts, and they'll also become familiar with the commutative property!
Ski Racer: Two-Digit Addition and Finding 1 More Add one more and find the sum! In Ski Racer: Two-Digit Addition and Finding 1 More, first graders think about addition and patterns of one more. It’s a great opportunity for students to practice their number and pattern recognition skills while playing a fun math game. This engaging resource highlights addition with two-digit numbers up to 100.
The Temple of Cheeza

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

Fish Bowl Addition 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.
Match: Addition within 20 and Missing Addends Addition within 20 and missing addends take center stage in this interactive math game! Players use their math knowledge and addition prowess as they try to match each equation to its missing addend. As they play, each equation and each round will give first graders practice recognizing addition facts and patterns that will help them identify the missing numbers.
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.
Match: Addition Within 10 and Missing Factors Give young learners an opportunity to hone their addition skills with the game Match: Addition Within 10 and Missing Factors! Ideal for first grade math students learning or reviewing single-digit addition, this online learning activity challenges children to match incomplete equations with their missing numbers. With several rounds of play, this game will help kids start committing basic addition facts to memory.
Ski Racer: Two-Digit Addition and Finding 10 More Practice addition to 100 using multiples of 10! What is 10 more than 20? Or 54 plus 10? The interactive exercise Ski Racer: Two-Digit Addition and Finding 10 More highlights your students’ ability to do two-digit addition on the go. This game is a great learning tool for first graders who are starting to use multiples of 10.
Match: Addition Within 20 and Missing Addends 2 Which number goes in each spot? Help fill in these addition facts! This digital game challenges kids to match missing addends with the correct addition statements. Perfect for first-grade students, Match: Addition Within 20 and Missing Addends 2 is a practical way for young learners to apply their critical thinking skills and knowledge of addition.
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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