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Grade 1 Math

Students entering 1st grade come with diverse number sense, basic math understanding, and computation skills. Daily ability-based math groups allow each child’s specific needs to be addressed with both direct instruction as well as independent work.  When taught in this manner, the teacher has the opportunity to examine each child’s strengths and weaknesses, and identify appropriate strategies and accommodations.

What We Do

  • Counting, comparing, and ordering sets of up to 110 objects
  • Recognizing and describing part-whole relationships for numbers up to 10
  • Solving story and picture problems using addition and subtraction within 20
  • Money, time, standard and nonstandard measurement, geometry
  • Collecting, organizing and interpreting data from charts, tables, etc.
  • Identifying attributes to describe and extend repeating patterns

How We Do It

  • CRA Instruction (Concrete-Representational-Abstract)
  • Daily re-looping of previously learned materials
  • Use of Manipulatives (i.e. counters, number line, base 10 blocks, fraction tiles, money, clocks)/multi-sensory activities during direct instruction and independent work
  • Games and practice in both independent and small group settings
  • Group and independent activities utilizing technology (i.e. IPads, Smartboard)
  • Formative and Summative assessments


  • Use of number lines/charts
  • Touch math
  • Use of manipulatives during independent work/assessments
  • Repetition and practice of skills to increase math fact fluency