Category : Learning Addition

Autumn math scene

An autumn math scene for addition and subtractionA few years ago we shared this post, which featured a free printable where students could use their addition skills to add ornaments and other festive decorations to a Christmas tree. We received some positive feedback on that activity. Since the fall season is officially upon us, I’ve created a new math scene for autumn. Kids can use addition and subtraction to add various items to the scene.

I for one am excited about the season – the weather is already getting a bit cooler, and I’m looking forward to fun fall holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. We’ve already placed a few Halloween decorations on the lawn outside our house!

Here is the free download for the autumn math scene. I hope you and your students have a wonderful fall season.

The Many Uses of Morning Work

Do you use morning work in your classroom? I love morning work. It really helps students to stay focused as everyone else files into the classroom. I also like to use them as bell work, in case math isn’t the first class of the day. It helps students to stay focused between different subjects.

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I’m using my morning work pages with my children as exit tickets to use their electronic devices this summer. It keeps them focused and prevents the summer slide for math. I know lots of parents worry about reading in the summer, but sometimes they forget to reinforce math. I understand, there are so many things we as parents have to worry about. That is why I like these pages, you can half them to save on paper and also just to save on implementation. It’s just enough math to help your children review the skills.

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I also like the ‘too easy’ ‘too hard’ or ‘just right’ on the bottom because then you can see how your children or students feel about that particular math concept. My daughter had fun coloring the black and white graphics when she was done too!

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These morning work printables have a great format that will enable your students to work on them by themselves. This will help you free up time for last minute lesson prep. They also work well for homework. Low stress for your kids’ parents too!

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I love these input/output problems. My daughter didn’t realize that each one was different based on multiplication, division, etc. So it was nice to see her solve for the correct answer.
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I mentioned earlier that I used these as exit tickets in the summer, but you can use these as exit tickets during the school year too! The half-sized pages are just long enough to push your students to achieve a little bit more work before they go to recess or get to do another activity.

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And hey, sometimes pups have to get into the action of morning work, especially in the summer!

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To check out my morning work packets click on the following links:
First Grade Morning Work
Second Grade Morning Work
Third Grade Morning Work
Fourth Grade Morning Work
Fifth Grade Morning Work

Seasonal Classwork

I think it’s important to celebrate the events that are going around us as we teach. I think it’s important to celebrate the beginning of the year, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays or seasons. By celebrating these through our curriculum, students enjoy their school work more since they can celebrate these holidays and seasons while learning.

Back to School is a season to me. Some students are excited about it, some are scared and some really just don’t want to be there. The important part is for them to work through their emotions and celebrate it.

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Using seasonal interactive notebooks are a great way to gets students involved in the current holiday or season. This particular one, since it is back to school themed could really be used throughout the year, but it is extra special for students to use it during the back to school year.

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I have to admit during the different holidays, it can be hard to focus students are the tasks, especially at Halloween and Christmas. So, during these times I try to have seasonal activities that are extra engaging. Here are a very pictures of a very engaging math booklet that students can use. They can turn the different sections of the pages to create different problems. Fun + learning = happy students. Although I know it’s impossible to make everyone happy and that isn’t our goal as teachers, but it does make for better learning.

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These little peek-a-boo school houses are a great way to review skills from the previous year, but keeping up with the back to school theme. The neat thing about these as students can go back and review these skills later on in the school year.

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To me, not only are seasonal activities great for students, but a variety of different activities. This activity has puzzle pieces and not only teaches or reviews a different skill, but uses a different method of learning – very hands-on as opposed to those dreaded worksheets that students get sick of way too often.

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I believe most if not all students enjoy coloring, so seasonal interactive activities give them the opportunity to do this while getting excited about the current holiday or season.

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Here’s my September Interactive Notebook: Back to School Interactive Math Notebook Third Grade Common Core

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Common Core Addition Christmas Tree Activity

Common Core AdditionIt’s time to have a little fun decorating a colorful Christmas tree by using skills aligned with the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Today I’ve whipped up a Christmas Tree addition activity, where students can add ornaments, bells, Christmas lights, candy canes and more to a bare fir tree. Over the next few posts I’ll be adding Christmas tree activities for more skills – namely subtraction, multiplication and division – so that other grade levels can join in on the fun.

Adding ornaments to the tree

Using this worksheet is easy – simply read the instructions, and then add that many indicated Christmas items to the undecorated Christmas tree. As you continue to add ornaments and other items to the tree, it will really start to sparkle. Don’t forget to use lots of different colors and patterns to decorate the tree!

First and Second Grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics

This lesson falls under:

  • 1.OA.5, Operations & Algebraic Thinking for first grade:

    Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).

  • 1.OA.6, Operations & Algebraic Thinking for first grade:

    Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.

  • 2.OA.2, Operations & Algebraic Thinking for second grade:

    Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

Fill In the Blanks Addition Puzzle

Solving a math puzzle

Mia the Math Magician

Mia the Math Magician has a special skill – she is a wizard with mathematics!

Add up numbers to fill in the blanks

In this free downloadable and printable worksheet, your first and second grade students can answer the math problems on the page to find what letters should be entered into the dashes in the word below the puzzle. Once all of the math questions have been solved properly, you will find the answer to the question: what is Mia the Math Magician’s very favorite time of day? The answer should not be a surprise to anyone!

I hope that Mia the Math Magician’s favorite time of day is also your favorite time of day!

Teach addition with Mia the Math Magician

Teach addition with Mia the Math Magician

Mia the Math Magician

Mia the Math Magician has a special skill – she is a wizard with mathematics!

Here are two free worksheets that you can complete with your children or students so that they may learn to add numbers together.

Learning basic addition

The first worksheet provides an introduction to the concept of addition, demonstrating that addition is achieved by adding together groups of units. If you are a teacher or a parent showing children how to achieve addition, it might take a bit of work for your students to understand the logical concept behind the practice. To help demonstrate the concept of addition, you can use collections of real objects (like coins, buttons or crayons) to show that when you add one group of objects to another group of objects, you get a larger group of objects that equals the “added up” collection of objects – the sum.

Addition matching worksheet

The second activity is a problem page that your children can complete once they understand how to add up numbers using numerals. Have them complete the addition problems on the page, then draw a line from the problem to the number of objects that corresponds to that problem’s answer. For example, if the answer to the math problem is 5, have them draw a line from that math problem to the group of five objects found elsewhere on the page.

Further practice with addition

Once your children understand the concept of addition, you can have them complete this worksheet for extra adding practice. If they enjoy addition and want further practice, you can also have them complete these addition number wheels.

Kindergarten Common Core Standards for Mathematics

This lesson falls under standard K.OA.1 for kindergarten common core mathematics skills:

Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.

Numbers and Shapes Addition Wheels

Addition wheels for odd numbers

Below you will find a free worksheet that you can download and hand out to your students for some extra practice adding together numbers and shapes. Using this particular addition worksheet will help to reinforce the concept that numbers are made up of units. It might make for a good work-at-your-desk classroom or homeschool activity, or can even be used as a test to see how your kids are progressing with their adding skills.

This worksheet can continue the lessons learned in the beginner Adding Shapes and Numbers worksheet. With these number wheels your children or students will get more practice adding shapes and numbers together, and more familiarity with addition in general.

The number of shapes within the center of each number wheel are odd numbers – for a future version I’ll create a sheet with even numbers of shapes within the middle of each wheel.

For this activity, children are asked to write their answers in the form of numbers (printed numerals). However, if you like, they can also write their answers in the form of a total number of shapes – they may not have space to do this on the math worksheet, but if you are using math journals as part of your school or homeschool curriculum these can be used for answering the questions.

Adding Numbers and Shapes

Adding shapes and numbers

Here’s a free downloadable worksheet that you can use in your home or classroom to teach addition to your children or students. With this mathematics activity your students will be adding together numbers and different shapes to come up with a final answer.

For this activity, children are asked to write their answers in the form of numbers (printed numerals). However, if you like, they can also write their answers in the form of a total number of shapes – they may not have space to do this on the math worksheet, but if you are using math journals as part of your school or homeschool curriculum these can be used for answering the questions.

Teaching addition with shapes

Using this particular addition worksheet can help you to teach addition as it reinforces the concept that numbers are made up of units. On one hand, you have a numeral that a child then needs to add to a collection of individual units adding up to a number. Most kids will start with the unit on the left hand side of the equation and then count the number of shapes on the right hand side of the equation until they reach the answer to the math problem.

If you’re using this worksheet as part of a public or private school curriculum, you might want to have your children complete the problems and then work through them together on the blackboard or on a whiteboard in front of the classroom. Together you can start with the numeral and then “count the shapes” in unison until arriving upon the answer.