Bonnie Adama has created a rich resource of 130 games proven to help your first grader learn basic math skills. With these skills, your child will be well on their way to success in 1st grade math.
The games cover these important areas in 1st grade math:
• Number Recognition
• Greater Than/Less Than, More or Less
• Addition to 10
• Addition to 30
• Place Value, Addition, and Rounding to 100
• Place Value, Addition, and Rounding to 1,000
• Multiple Operations – Addition and Subtraction
Here is a sample game that I have found very effective when working with first graders:
Same Sums is a perfect game for First Graders. It allows everyone to practice those addition facts to 10 that are so important. Children need to have them in long term memory as soon as possible.
Same Sums also helps children understand the meaning of the = (equal) sign. Many people think it just means “now find the answer”. Children need to understand that the equation must be equal (balanced) on both sides of the = sign.
What you need:
- 2 players
- Same Sums cards (below) copied and cut out
Turn all the cards face down in 6 rows of 4 cards each.
Player #1 turns over two cards. If the sums match, player #1 keeps both cards. If the sums do not match, he/she turns the two cards back over.
Player # 2 does the same.
Play continues until all the cards are matched. The person with the most cards wins the game.
Same Sums cards (copy and cut out):