Count objects such as jellybeans in a bowl, pennies in a jar, cheerios in a baggie, etc.

Estimate and then count a given number of objects.

Find numbers in newspapers, magazines, or on items around the house.

Practice counting forwards and backwards starting at any given number within 120 while doing various activities-driving in the car, jumping rope, waiting in line at a store, etc.

Divide a deck of cards evenly between players. Each player flips over a card, the player with the highest card wins the cards. Continue until one player has all cards in the deck.

Put different items into groups and talk about which group has more or less items using the terms greater than and less than.

Roll dice and create numbers. Say what is 10 more or 10 less than that number.

Play "20 Questions" and try to guess a mystery number within 120. (Example: Does your number have 3 digits? Is your number greater than 56?)

Count a number of objects and put them in a cup or bag. Then place more objects beside the cup or bag and continue counting. (Example: With 10 pennies in a cup, start counting on 11 and continue.)

Play board games that involve counting such as Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. Encourage and remind your child to remember that the space he/she is currently on does not get counted twice. Discuss why that would not be helpful in winning the game.

NUMBER OPERATIONS

Roll 2 or 3 dice with single digit numbers and add them together. (Example 4 + 2 or 4 + 2 + 1)

Roll 2 dice to create a 2-digit number and record it. Roll 1 die and add it to the 2-digit number you created. (Example: 47 + 6)

Add all the digits of your house number together.

Make a train with Legos or colored blocks. Write a number sentence for the different colors in the train.

Add the price of two items at a store.

Compare gas prices to find the lowest amount.

Start with 20 counters (beans, pennies, etc.) and roll two dice to make a 2-digit number. Subtract counters until you get to 0.

Give your student an addition or subtraction number sentence and ask them to make up a story problem to go with the number sentence.

GEOMETRY

Go on a shape hunt outside, ask your student to name the shapes of doors, windows, bicycle wheels, etc. Ask how your child knows that the door is rectangle and not a square or triangle.

Ask your student to identify the shapes of various road signs while traveling in the car.

Talk with your student about the various shapes of items packaged in the grocery store.

Build with blocks. Discuss what shapes were used to create the structure.

While playing board games, discuss why a die can only have 6 numbers on it.

Create your own puzzle by taking a sheet of paper and drawing lines from one side to the other and cutting out the pieces. Discuss the smaller shapes you made within the whole piece of paper.

Use a given number of popsicle sticks and try to make as many different closed shapes as you can.

MEASUREMENT AND DATA

Measure the length of various items around the house using different objects (crayons, pennies, etc.).

Use different objects (pennies, beads, etc.) to measure your family members' hands or feet.

Keep track of your child's growth each month by measuring his/her height using standard and non-standard units of measurement.

Use an analog clock to show the time to the hour and half-hour.

Show your child the time on an analog clock and have them write what the time would look like on a digital clock.

Talk with your child about specific times that activities occur - eating breakfast, going to school, dinner time, bed time, etc.

Talk about graphs in newspapers and magazines.

Take a family survey and make a graph based on the data. (Example: What is your favorite summer vacation?)

Use toothpicks or popsicle sticks to show tally marks.

Create a bar graph based on the amount of time your child reads, plays outside, or watches television.

Create a pictograph to show the number of hours of sleep or exercise your family gets each day.

Compare the heights of members in your family using language such as "taller than" and "shorter than."

FACT CARD GAMES

Use a manipulative (macaroni, beads, buttons) to show each math fact.

Choose a fact and try to find a domino that represents that fact. (Example: 4 + 2 would be represented by a domino with 4 dots in one box and 2 dots in the other)

Play Memory by using 2 of the same set of cards and putting them face down. Keep the matches you find.

Play Compare by splitting 1 set of fact cards into two piles. Each player flips a card over, and the player with the greater sum/difference keeps both cards.

Have an adult show you a flash card. Give the sum/difference as quickly as you can.*

Have an adult say a math fact and leave out one of the numbers. Fill in the missing number. (Example: 2 + ? = 4)

Choose a fact card and draw a picture to show the fact.

Write a word problem to go with a fact. Solve your problem. (Example: 3 + 2, "There were 3 brown dogs and 2 white dogs. How many dogs were there?")

Spread out 1 set of fact cards, face up, on a table. Say a sum/difference and have your child find the fact card that goes with it.*

Tape fact cards on different doors in your house. Have your child give the sum/difference for the fact card before being able to open the door.*

Put 1 set of cards face down. Each player takes turns flipping 2 cards. When you find an addition and subtraction fact within the same fact family, you keep the pair.

Have an adult read aloud an addition fact. You say a subtraction fact found in the same fact family.

*Sum: the answer to an addition problem (Example: in 2 + 3 = 5, 5 is the sum) *Difference: the answer to a subtraction problem (Example: in 8 – 3 = 5, 5 is the difference) Fact Family: **a collection of related addition and subtraction facts made from the same numbers (Example: For 7, 8, and 15, the addition/subtraction fact family consists of 7 + 8 = 15, 8 + 7 = 15, 15 - 8 = 7, 15 - 7 = 8)

## Tips for Parents - Grade 1

NUMBER CONCEPTS

greater thanandless than.NUMBER OPERATIONS

GEOMETRY

MEASUREMENT AND DATA

FACT CARD GAMES

Memoryby using 2 of the same set of cards and putting them face down. Keep the matches you find.Compareby splitting 1 set of fact cards into two piles. Each player flips a card over, and the player with the greater sum/difference keeps both cards.Have an adult read aloud an addition fact. You say a subtraction fact found in the same fact family.*Sum:the answer to an addition problem (Example: in 2 + 3 = 5, 5 is the sum)*Difference:the answer to a subtraction problem (Example: in 8 – 3 = 5, 5 is the difference)Fact Family: **a collection of related addition and subtraction facts made from the same numbers (Example: For 7, 8, and 15, the addition/subtraction fact family consists of 7 + 8 = 15, 8 + 7 = 15, 15 - 8 = 7, 15 - 7 = 8)