Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Grade 1 Fall Math
Here are some of the things you can do to help your child learn…
Play Games
Connect with School Staff
Use Resources
  1. Find Word Problems in Real Life
    Find Word Problems in Real Life
    Look for word problems in real life. An example might be, if you open a new carton of a dozen eggs, and you use 4 eggs to cook dinner, close the carton and ask your child how many eggs are left.
  2. Play "I am Thinking of a Number"
    Play "I am Thinking of a Number"
    Play “I’m Thinking of a Number” For example, “I’m thinking of a number that makes 10 when added to 7. What is my number?”
  3. Play Rock, Paper, Scissors-Math Version
    Play Rock, Paper, Scissors-Math Version
    Play a version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” called “I Love Math”. Players chant “I Love Math” and put out a number of fingers. See who can add the fingers and say the sum first! This can be played for subtraction by subtracting the smaller group of fingers from the larger group.
  4. Add Math to Favorite Games
    Add Math to Favorite Games
    Use any favorite game (Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Life, etc.) to incorporate basic fact practice. As part of each turn, flip a flash card or roll 2 dice to make a math fact. The player must answer correctly before they can move their marker on the game board.
Video Resources
Connect with the School
  1. Fluency Techniques
  2. Part Part Whole
  3. Adding on Number Line
  4. Number Bonds
Your child’s teacher is available to answer questions about your child’s progress and what they are learning in class.  Be sure to attend conferences, contact your child’s teacher via email, notes, and/or phone calls. Attend school events (i.e., Open House, Parent Math Night, etc.), as well. Review any work that comes home (corrected papers, classwork or homework) to see what your child is working on in class.  Continue to work on Addition and Subtraction up to 10 throughout the Fall to support your child.
 
  
Questions you can ask the teacher:  
  • Does my child understand addition and subtraction?   
  • Is my child making progress with learning the basic addition and subtraction facts?  
  • Is there anything you would like us to work on at home to help build our child’s understanding of addition and subtraction?
  • What can we do at home to build our child’s confidence in math? 
  1. GO FISH
    GO FISH
    Instead of asking for numbers, ask "Do you have the answer for ___ ? (use addition, subtraction facts)
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  2. OLD MAID
    OLD MAID
    Use a queen for the Old Maid and give one point for each doubles-fact your child can state when all the cards are paired up.
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  3. SLAP JACK
    SLAP JACK
    Players decide on an operation. (addition or subtraction) Then each player puts a card down and the first person to slap the pair and tell the answer gets the two cards.
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  4. WAR
    WAR
    Place one card down and play for the highest or lowest value card. OR Place two cards down and play for the highest answer to an addition or subtraction fact.
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  5. SOLITAIRE
    SOLITAIRE
    Remove the face cards from the deck and lay the cards out as in Solitaire. Look for number pairs that add up to 10 and move them to a pile at the top. Try to remove all the cards. (Use two decks and play against your child to add a little competition!)
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  6. MATCH THE FACTS
    MATCH THE FACTS
    Use a deck of basic flashcards for addition or subtraction. Lay the cards out fact side up, in 5 rows with 4 cards in each row. On their turn a player picks up a pair of flashcards with the same sum or difference. New fact cards replace the empty spaces each round. Play continues until all the cards are matched.
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All you need is a deck of cards!
Showing interest and enjoying time together are the best ways to help your child achieve academic goals.  A variety of traditional games are easily modified to support the learning of basic math facts, which are the foundation for future math success. Here are some ideas with a few twists on some old classics.  All you need is a deck of cards!   
 
 
Remember... Games solidify the achievements of children who are already good at math, and strengthen the children who need some extra help. MAKE IT SIMPLE and HAVE FUN!
  
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