Trying to plan out all of your content for a year of 1st grade math activities is a lot of work for 1st grade teachers! That’s why I’ve created a list of my favorite 1st grade math activities for a variety of math skills and topics. Each of these posts shares ideas on how to teach certain math subjects, games and activities to include, as well as outside resources such as games and books to make teaching easier on you this year. Plus, you can grab a bundle of low-prep daily math lessons and activities for each topic! Read on to learn about these 10 subjects and how to make learning fun with these 1st grade math activities!
1. Strategies for Addition and Subtraction
Before you tackle individual subjects, it’s important to understand how to teach basic addition and subtraction to your students using number sense and place value. This is a fundamental part of their math education! Check out this blog post for 15 of my best strategies for teaching addition and subtraction in your classroom.
2. Adding Three Numbers
Adding two numbers together can be hard enough for some students… So when you’re ready to build on that foundation and teach how to add three numbers together, you’ll need some engaging strategies and math activities to do it! This post shares how to use objects, work mats, and independent practice to teach this subject, as well as how to include differentiation for math problems.
3. Balancing an Equation
Another subject related to addition is learning how to balance an equation. Check out this post to learn the importance of building on previous knowledge, some books to help teach the concept, and fun activities for whole-class, small-group, and independent practice. You will be sure to find at least one fun math activity in this post!
4. Adding and Subtracting Within 100
1st grade is an important time for math subjects because it lays a foundation that students will use for years to come. For example, adding and subtracting within 100 will be important well beyond their time in your classroom! This post talks about how to handle two-digit numbers and using differentiation to build on individual students’ needs.
5. Multiples of Ten
If you’ve seen any of my other posts, you know that I love small group instruction! It provides such a great time to really focus on the individual needs of your students while still making time for everyone in the class. This post shares some strategies for teaching multiples of ten during small group time in your classroom.
6. Comparison of Numbers
In order to move on to tougher math concepts, students first must understand how numbers compare to other numbers… Specifically, how they are greater than, less than, or equal to another number! This post shares tons of different options for teaching this subject in your classroom. You can find ideas for videos, books, games, and more!
With a variety of graph types to teach, having strategies for each is important! You can check out this post for ideas on teaching picture graphs, bar graphs, and tally charts to 1st graders.
8. Word Problems
Word problems can stump students of all ages, so getting the hang of them early on can be incredibly helpful as they move into more difficult subjects. This post goes over everything from using props to working on comprehension skills while teaching this topic. This post is a great way for every first grade teacher to improve their teaching skills.
9. Telling Time
Learning about how clocks work and telling time is extremely important for first graders. This post includes multiple ideas, including books to read, math activities in small groups, and how to differentiate for different ability levels. Every fun activity in this post will help to deepen your child’s understanding of time.
10. 2D and 3D Shapes
If you need math activities to teach the concept of 2D and 3D shapes to your students, you’re in luck! This post includes 5 different ways to make this topic fun and engaging for the whole class. Every young learner will benefit from these hands-on math activities.
Be Prepared This School Year with 1st Grade Math Activities
Overall, the perfect way to stay on top of everything you have to do as a teacher is to be prepared! If you’re struggling to come up with engaging and fun math activities for your students, I have created a resource that can help. The Small Group Math bundle includes teacher-friendly lesson plans, activities, and individual practices to keep math exciting for the whole year! Head to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to grab the bundle and make math planning so much easier!
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