Activity Based Math in First Grade

What’s Happening?

First graders have jumped in to counting and are working on building their understanding of number sense and addition! Students work both independently and in partnerships to count objects and represent the number in many different ways! They also work together to combine their objects and represent that as well!

What it looks like:

Student count objects such as bears, cubes, links or counters. After they count their number, they can represent their number in different ways. Your child can represent numbers using a tens frame, drawing a quick picture, writing a narrative and writing number sentences. For example: If Kate has 5 bears and Sam has 6 bears their narrative would be “Kate has 5 bears. Sam has 6 bears. They have 11 bears altogether.” Their number sentences would be: 5 + 6 = 11 and 6 + 5 = 11.

What can I do at home?

At home, allow your child to count different objects such as forks, books, toys, or dry macaroni. They can practice representing their object in the different ways that we are learning!

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