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.
Now that your student can count her 123s, it’s time to add them up. These single-digit addition worksheets and activities teach your student strategies for adding numbers under 10 and provide plenty of practice with addition within 10. There are even songs and stories to help teach single-digit addition. Keep challenging your whiz kid with our addition within 20 resources.
Once your student understands how to count to ten and that numbers represent quantity, it is time to introduce them to the concepts of addition. Addition at its simplest is taking two separate quantities and putting them together, creating a new, larger quantity.
When your student is first introduced to addition within 10, it’s important to reinforce the concept of quantity. The more ways they are introduced to this, the more they’ll understand that numbers and arithmetic operations are representative of quantities of things, and how those quantities change.
Represent quantities with different forms. This could be fingers, objects, sounds like clapping or snapping, or drawn images.
Take ten objects and separate them into two groups. For example, separate ten blocks into one group of six blocks, and one group of four blocks.
For each number 1-10, determine which number should be added to it to make 10. Understanding this will help students quickly calculate two and three-digit addition problems in the future. For example, 1+ 9 = 10.
This is also when you will introduce your student to basic mathematical symbols like the addition or plus sign (+), and the equal sign (=), as well as the two different forms an equation could take:
1 + 1 = 2
As with any math skill, repetition is key to retaining information. The Education.com games and activities above help your students practice this skill in a way that keeps it fun.