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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Addition within 20 and missing factors 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 factor. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which number goes in each spot? Help fill in these addition facts! This digital game challenges kids to match missing factors with the correct addition statements. Perfect for first-grade students, Match: Addition Within 20 and Missing Factors 2 is a practical way for young learners to apply their critical thinking skills and knowledge of addition.