Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Grade 1 Winter Math
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Here are some of the things you can do to help your child learn…
  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. Measure Things Around the House
    Measure Things Around the House
    Measure objects around the house by placing smaller objects end-to-end. (e.g. place paperclips end-to-end to measure the length of one side of a book)
  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.
  5. Make Pictures Using Shapes
    Make Pictures Using Shapes
    Make pictures using basic shapes and talk about them. Some questions might be “What shapes did you use? How do you know which shapes are squares and which shapes are rectangles? Which shapes are similar and why?”
  6. Build Things
    Build Things
    Build things with recycled boxes, cans and containers.
  7. Share Equal Amounts
    Share Equal Amounts
    Provide experiences for your child to create and share equal amounts with 2 or 4 people, such as a pie, a pan of brownies or a box of crayons.
Video Resources
  1. Related Addition and Subtraction Facts
  2. Ten Frames-Subtraction
  3. Ten Frames-Addition
  4. Open Number Lines
All you need is a deck of cards!
  1. GO FISH
    Instead of asking for numbers, ask "Do you have the answer for ___ ? (use addition, subtraction facts)
    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.
    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.
  4. 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.
    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.
    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.
    Remove face cards from a deck of cards and place all other cards face up. Players take turns picking up two cards that total 10. When all pairs are found, each player says or writes the addition facts they found that total 10.
    Play “Addition War”. Remove face cards from a deck and deal out the remaining cards. Each player flips over a card. The player to say the sum first wins the 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!
Connect with the School
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 Winter to support your child.
Questions you can ask the teacher:  
  • Is my child fluent with the basic addition and subtraction facts to 10?  
  • Are there strategies you would like us to work on at home to help build our child’s understanding of addition and subtraction up to 20?
  • Does my child know the basic shapes and solids expected in first grade?
  • What can we do at home to build our child’s confidence in math?
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