First Grade Standards

In case you want to know, these are the typical First Grade Standards:

  • Count, read and write numbers up to 120
  • Know place value up to 100
  • Compare two 2-digit numbers using symbols > , < and =
  • Use place value to find 10 more or 10 less than
  • Add and subtract within 20
  • Fluently add and subtract within 10
  • Solve problems involving addition and subtraction within 20
  • Solve missing number equations (5 + __ = 7) and missing operator equations
  • Use and understand the ‘=’ sign, e.g. 5+2=7 is the same as saying 7=5+2
  • Add a 2-digit number and a 1-digit number
  • Add a 2-digit number and a multiple of 10 using models
  • Subtract tens from a multiple of 10 up to 90 using models
  • Partition circles and rectangles into two or four equal shares
  • Use the terms: halves, fourths and quarters to describe the equal parts
  • Read scales going up in whole numbers
  • Order and compare objects by length, height or weight
  • Time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour
  • Organize, represent and interpret data
  • Solve simple problems involving data
  • 2D shapes & 3D shapes
  • Compose different 2D and 3D shapes from a range of 2D and 3D shapes
  • Identify and describe 2D and 3D shapes by some of their properties
  • Sort 2D and 3D shapes using simple criteria

We Play Math Level 1 covers all of these standards, then goes WAY above and beyond. As a math educator, I’ve found that kids appreciate knowing the how and the why behind everything, so I try to give it to them even if it’s not typically taught until later. I firmly believe in using the correct terminology, even if the words are big, and I believe that first graders are absolutely capable of understanding. Government schools give children too little credit. I also include mathematical history and hands-on labs along with written practice and games because I feel they both greatly enrich the study of math.