# 5 simple ways to teach your first

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As we are all navigating how to homeschool our own children at trang chủ thanks to lớn CoVid-19, I wanted to cốt truyện some of my favorite ways to lớn practice essential K-1 math skills at trang chủ that are so fun your kids will be begging lớn keep playing!

**Even after this pandemic is over, these are great activities & routines to lớn keep in mind for the summer time or any time you are at home with your littles lớn reinforce what they are learning at school. I plan on sharing some of my favorite activities that are perfect for distance learning from home over the next few days (I blogged about reading and writing ideas here). Let"s start with math games today!**

Many of these games are ones I used in my first grade classroom và are great for kindergarteners, 1st graders or struggling 2nd graders. Most of them I"ve blogged about separately & will links the detailed post at the over of the quick description. They can play with an adult or older sibling. Some are independent activities. They also can be easily extended for an on grade màn chơi 2nd grader.Quarantined and not getting out of your house lớn buy materials? No problem! All of these activities require nothing more than what you already have around your house!Mostly kinder or first graders, partnersMany of these games are ones I used in my first grade classroom và are great for kindergarteners, 1st graders or struggling 2nd graders. Most of them I"ve blogged about separately & will links the detailed post at the over of the quick description. They can play with an adult or older sibling. Some are independent activities. They also can be easily extended for an on grade màn chơi 2nd grader.Quarantined and not getting out of your house lớn buy materials? No problem! All of these activities require nothing more than what you already have around your house!

## War (Game of Compare)

WHO?**WHAT?**A deck of cards**HOW?**Just play traditional war, but reinforce comparing words. If you have a first grader, you can ask them to lớn write the notation for the first 10 or so rounds. (Ex: 5 > 2) You can take out the face value cards for younger kids if needed!**WHY?**Kinder và firsties need to lớn understand quantities & how they compare lớn each other. They need lớn be fluent with và understand words like greater than, equal to, less than, etc... This helps build their number sense & understand our number system that we use.Bạn đang xem: 5 simple ways to teach your first

**ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS to ASK?**Who has more? How many more? Who has fewer? How many fewer? How vì you know?

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**1st graders or struggling 2nd graders (see how khổng lồ adapt khổng lồ use with 3-4th graders), partners**## Double War (Double Compare)

WHO?**WHAT?**A deck of cards**HOW?**It"s the same as war, but you each draw 2 cards. địa chỉ the 2 cards together và compare the sums.**It continues to lớn build stronger number sense with comparing larger quantities. It also practice fact fluency (or timed math facts if your district still uses that term).**

Have older kids in 3rd or 4th grade? Have them multiply the cards and compare the answers.WHY?Have older kids in 3rd or 4th grade? Have them multiply the cards and compare the answers.WHY?

**ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS lớn ASK?**Who has more? How many more? Who has fewer? How many fewer? How vì you know?**SPECIAL NOTES?**Try having your child lay down both cards and give you the sum. Then, you lay down just one card. Ask, "How many more do I need lớn have a greater sum than you?" It"s not necessary to vày this every turn, but a good discussion khổng lồ have a few times in the game.**1st & 2nd graders, play alone or with partner**## Fact Family thẻ Game

WHO?**WHAT?**A deck of cards using A-10 và Q (as a 0) cards only**HOW?**giảm giá a face down stack of 21 cards. Turn over 4 cards at a time. Look for a fact family. Make a stack of a fact family when you find it. If you don"t find one, continue to lớn draw one more card until you do. Once you find a fact family, turn over more cards lớn have just 4 cards showing again. The object is lớn have as few cards left over when you get "stuck" as possible.**First graders need to lớn know related facts to help them have more strategies for solving addition và subtraction problems. It also builds fact fluency.**

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**Read more details HERE.****Kinders & 1st graders**## Tens Go Fish card Game

WHO?**WHAT?**A deck of cards, A-10 & Q as a 0 cards only**HOW?**Play go fish, but a match is 2 cards that make 10 (9 và 1, 8 và 2, 7 và 3...)**One of the kinder standards is to know the combinations of 10. This is important because it helps kids add and subtract more quickly. In first grade, this skill can help them regroup numbers to lớn find a group of 10 or mentally showroom things like 8 + 7 by knowing that 8 + 2 is 10 plus 5 more is 15.**

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**ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS lớn ASK?**I have ___, vì chưng you have a ___ to lớn make 10? I have ___. What vì I need lớn make 10? How vị you know?**Read more details HERE.**Xem thêm: How To Whiten Your Teeth Naturally At Home Remedies To Whiten Teeth

**Kinder và 1st graders. Can be extended for 2nd graders. Play alone or with a friend.**## Total of 10 card Game

WHO?**WHAT?**A deck of cards with A-10 và Q (as a 0) cards only**HOW?**Lay trăng tròn cards down in a 4x5 array. Find cards that make 10. Remove the cards from the board. Continue until you are stuck. The goal is to lớn have as few cards (or none) left as possible. Combinations can be 2 cards or 3 or 4 cards...but let the kids figure that out. It"s fun to watch them figure that out!**One of the kinder standards is lớn know the combinations of 10. This is important because it helps kids add and subtract more quickly. In first grade, this skill can help them regroup numbers lớn find a group of 10 or mentally địa chỉ cửa hàng things lượt thích 8 + 7 by knowing that 8 + 2 is 10 plus 5 more is 15. It also helps them think more flexibly about 10 by finding 3 or 4 numbers that also combine lớn make 10.**

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**ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS to ASK?**How many more bởi vì I need lớn make 10? How vì chưng you know?**Read more details HERE.****Any age!**## Board Games

WHO?**WHAT?**any of your favorites. I"ve listed my favorite ones for elementary kids**HERE**.**HOW?**Follow the directions given in the game :)**WHY?**Board games build problem solving skills and critical thinking skills. Both of these skills transfer over into math problem solving. You can read all of my reasons for playing board games in detail**HERE**.**Preschool - 2nd grade or any age kid struggling with understanding math word problems**## Snack Math Stories

WHO?**WHAT?**pieces of snacks (goldfish, crackers, cheerios...anything that can be counted out)**HOW?**While you are serving lunch or a snack, practice oral math word problems. The options are endless, but I"m going lớn give you some story frames that we use at our house that cover the math word problem standards for K, 1 & 2. These are examples, & you can showroom more details khổng lồ the stories as you see fit.**Fill in the blanks with numbers. Use these standards as guidelines...K - numbers to lớn 101st - numbers lớn 202nd - numbers khổng lồ 100*I will give you ___ goldfish. Now, I"ll give you ___ more goldfish. How many goldfish do you have now?*I gave you ___ goldfish, but you ate ___. How many vì chưng you have now? How many would you have if I ate ___ more of them?*I gave you ___ goldfish. How many more goldfish bởi I need to lớn give you so that you have ___ goldfish?*I"m giving you ___ yellow goldfish, ____ green goldfish & ___ red goldfish. How many goldfish do you have in all?*I gave you ____ goldfish. How many goldfish bởi you need khổng lồ eat before you have ___ goldfish left?*I gave you some goldfish. Now, I"ll give you ___ more. You have ___ goldfish altogether now. How many did I give you khổng lồ begin with?*I gave you some goldfish. You ate ___ of them. Now you have ___ left. How many did I give you lớn begin with?*You have ___ goldfish. Your sister has ___. Who has more/less? How many more/less?*You have____ goldfish. Your sister has ___ fewer/more than you. How many does your sister have?*You have ____ cups. You put ___ goldfish in each cup. How many goldfish do you have in all?*I have ___ goldfish. I want to give them to lớn ___ people. How many can we each have lớn get a fair share?*I have ___ goldfish. I want to lớn put them into cups. Only ___ will fit in each cup. How many cups do I need?This is just the beginning of problems you could do! Get creative! The more problems you practice, the better the pay off! The fun part is when I sneak it in khổng lồ snack time or lunch or anything food or toys related, they willingly play along without realizing they are practicing math!WHY?**It is important for kids lớn be able to comprehend a math story problem...to know what information the problem is giving them and what they need to solve for. The goal with this activity is comprehension & discussion...not writing anything down! When kids understand what a problem is asking them to lớn do, it is MUCH easier for them to vày the actual math. The more casual, oral experiences they can have with this, the more it will help them. Just like the more books you read to your child, the better they become at reading and understanding stories.**Also, it is VERY important that you try out & practice all of these problem types...even with your kinders & some preschoolers! Even though you might think they are too hard (because it"s basically multiplication và division) you"ll be surprised what your little can vị when you put it in a math story & use food! :)ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS khổng lồ ASK?**How did you figure that out? (This is super important for kids to lớn be able to do!**ALWAYS**ask them to explain it lớn you. You"ll be floored by their thinking!)**Kids of all ages**## Telling Time

WHO?**WHAT?**digital & analog (old-fashioned) clock**HOW?**Just ask them to read the time to lớn you. All the time. On a variety of clocks. Give them a time limit to lớn play or vì a task. "You can play on your máy tính bảng ipad until 4:30. Watch the clock on the ipad and stop at 4:30." It"s really that simple. Just practice all the time.**WHY?**Telling time is a life skill và one that just needs repetition khổng lồ perfect. Kinders need lớn tell time lớn the hour (1:00, 2:00...) 1st graders must tell time khổng lồ the hour và half-hour (1:30, 2:30...). And 2nd graders need lớn tell the time within 5 minutes (1:05, 1:10, 1:15...). But any kid starting in kinder should be able khổng lồ read any digital time. Those time standards are mostly for analog times.**ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS to ASK?**What time is it? What time will it be in an hour? It"s ___. You can play for an hour. What time vì you need khổng lồ stop?**Kinders, 1st graders and 2nd graders, done alone or with a friend**## Counting Collections

WHO?**WHAT?**anything you have in bulk at your house (pasta shells, q-tips, legos, blocks, beans, marshmallows, buttons, stickers....the sky is the limit!)**HOW?**Just count. Counting collections is all about counting how many. Count a mix of legos ahead of time, hand them to your kid khổng lồ count và tell them khổng lồ let you know when they know how many! Count by 1"s, count by 10"s, count by 100"s, whatever they want to lớn do. But the goal is khổng lồ eventually (at least by first grade) be putting things into groups of 10 to lớn count by 10. To lớn extend this, have them record how they counted on a blank piece of paper or these recording sheets. Here are the counting guidelines based on grade level. But your kid should definitely practice counting above his/her grade level.**K - count khổng lồ 1001st - count to 1202nd - count to 1000**