ADDmazing Addition!

I'm going to be honest, when I moved back to first grade this year the math intimidated me. Not because of the difficulty level, but because of having to go back down to the level of a firstie and make sure I wasn't teaching over their heads. And I only moved from 2nd to 1st, I can't even imagine what it would be like moving from 4th or 5th down to first grade math!

It took me a little while to get a good feeling for teaching math to first graders again, and this Addition unit REALLY helped!


My district has really changed the sequence of how we teach math this year. In the past few years, we have taught different concepts throughout each grading period. However, this year during each grading period we have a major focus on a specific domain. This past grading period our focus was on Operations and Algebraic Thinking. Since this is such an important concept and really sets up the foundation for these little learners, I wanted to make sure my students were engaged and excited about learning different strategies for adding!

We began the unit by discussing basic addition and focused on all things ANIMALS! We learned what it means to add and practiced by adding animals together. Then, we played {Pet Shop Party} and moved around the room to solve addition problems!

Then, we learned all about Counting On by adding bubble gum! My students used a bubble gum machine and little bubble gum pieces as manipulatives. I had them keep these in their math notebooks to practice throughout the week, if needed. We ended this mini-unit by playing {Bubble Gum Bump}.



We extended our counting on lesson by becoming frogs and hopping along the number line! I set up a life-sized number line in our classroom and had students wear frog hats to practice counting on! SO much fun!!!

We glued in our mini-anchor charts and practiced counting on with our mini frogs and number lines. Then, we played Four Frogs in a Row!

We moved right into learning about Doubles facts by becoming SUPER heroes!!! We got to practice our doubles facts by coloring these super cute super heroes and by playing Doubles Dash!


I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream!!! Learning about Near Doubles/Doubles Plus One was double scoops of FUN! We practiced this a lot on the Smartboard. The Double Scoops of Fun game was great extra practice for students that struggled with this concept.


Making Ten was tons of fun. My students were really engaged by the picnic themed lessons! We started by figuring out all the ways to make ten using ten frames on the Smartboard! Then, we played "Shake the Apple Tree" and recorded all the different ways the yellow and red apples fell off the tree!

We finished up by being detectives and solving the "Mystery of the Missing Addend"  My firsties LOVED being detectives and having to solve mysteries around the room while "proving their case" and showing their work! 

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This unit was Oh, So Much FUN! My firsties were engaged and truly did learn SO much about addition! We've been rocking addition facts solving word problems and Number Talks! Proud, proud teacher!!

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