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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) K resources related to the following standard:
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
5. Fluently add and subtract within 5.

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In this 8-lesson unit students use buttons to explore logical and numerical relationships that form the conceptual basis for understanding addition and subtraction operations. Topics include counting, ordinal numbers (and relative position), classification (attributes), relationships between numbers, addition of sets, commutativity of addition, sums to 10, fact families (including subtraction), three models of subtraction ("take away", comparative, missing addend), and bar graphs. Includes student activity sheets and a link to an online graphing applet.
Activity, Instructor Guide/Manual, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
5
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This iOS app, a prehistoric-themed game, was developed to help teach children to learn subitizing. The free game can be played by one or two players against the clock or not timed. Level one is only available to the user.
Activity, Interactive Media, Mobile App
Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1
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This 28-minute video contains a panel interview with three experts in the areas of math, cognition, and dyscalculia. The panel discusses the nature of dyscalculia, how to diagnose students with dyscalculia, and how to teach students with dyscalculia.
Events, Instructional Strategy, Community, Video
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource is part of a PD collection
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In this 6-lesson unit, students use dominoes to explore four models of addition: counting, number line, sets, and balanced equations. They learn about the commutative property, the relation between addition and subtraction, the result of adding 0, and the concept of doubles. Students write story problems which involve the operation of addition and begin to memorize the addition facts. They represent addition in pictures. The various models of addition help students develop a rich conceptual schema for addition. Included are a Bibliography of Counting Books, student materials, questions for student and teacher reflection, assessment and extension ideas. [Suggestion: Use the alternate applet, Pan Balance - Numbers, listed as a Related Resource, rather than Pan Balance - Shapes, in Lesson 4.]
Activity, Game, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This problem helps learners become more familiar with odd and even numbers and addition facts within five. By challenging them to justify their findings, it also develops reasoning and communication skills. The problem displays 9 dominoes and asks the student to sort them according to parity, and then into pairs totaling 5 pips. It poses questions that stimulate thinking about basic number concepts. The Teachers' Notes page offers suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, ideas for extension and support, and a link to an interactive Dominoes Environment (cataloged separately).
Activity
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
4
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This interactive Flash applet provides a customizable set of dominoes that users can manipulate to play games or solve puzzles. It can be used with an interactive whiteboard to facilitate group work. Users can determine the size of a set (up to double-9), remove individual dominoes, rotate and move them, and change their size. The Teachers' Notes page includes a link to page containing domino games and challenges (cataloged separately).
Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This 37-page pdf provides background information and teaching activities for developing young children's number sense. The document includes instructions and printable materials for using dot cards, five frames, and ten frames.
Activity, Game, Instructional Strategy, Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1
5
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This narrative document describes the progression of Counting and Cardinality and Operations and Algebraic Thinking across the K-5 grade band. It is informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. The document discusses the most important goals for elementary students that of understanding and using numbers. The focus is on the basic operations—the kinds of quantitative relationships they model and consequently the kinds of problems they can be used to solve as well as their mathematical properties and relationships.
Reference Materials, Article
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Students can use this interactive Flash applet to practice subitizing and counting groups of objects, to understand the importance of 5 in our base-10 number system, and to learn basic addition facts. In the four included games students construct groups of 5 objects, add groups of objects within 10, and identify and record numbers within 10. Auditory prompts support students with limited reading ability.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1
5
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This interactive Flash applet provides a classroom display for demonstrating additions using the fingers on a pair of hands. It is useful for those just learning the sums from 5 and up.
Demonstration, Interactive Media
Grade Level: Pre-K, K
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