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Teaching the Common Core Math Standards with Hands-On Activities, Grades K-2



Teaching the Common Core Math Standards with Hands-On Activities, Grades K-2

Erin Muschla, Judith A. Muschla, Gary Robert Muschla

ISBN: 978-1-118-93163-9 September 2014 Jossey-Bass 288 Pages


Start young children off with Common Core math using these innovative activities

Teaching the Common Core Math Standards with Hands-On Activities, Grades K-2 provides teachers with the help they need to begin teaching to the new standards right away. The book outlines the Common Core math standards from kindergarten to second grade, providing one classroom-ready activity for each standard, plus suggestions for variations and extensions for students of different learning styles and abilities. Along with teaching the required mathematical concepts and skills, many of the activities encourage collaboration, technology utilization, written and oral communication, and an appreciation of the significance of mathematics in modern life.

As the Common Core is adopted across the nation, teachers are scrambling to find information on CCSS-aligned lesson planning and classroom activities. This comprehensive guide answers that need, providing both the background information and practical, applicable guidance that can bring the Common Core into the classroom today. The activities include:

  • Abstract and critical thinking using mathematical reasoning
  • Problem-solving strategies and calculation proficiency
  • Math fluency, and an understanding of mathematical concepts and skills
  • Applying mathematical understanding to real life problems

Early confidence and success in math is critical to a student's future performance. Math anxiety and a shaky foundation can hinder a student's potential far into the future, giving elementary math teachers a huge role in shaping their students' academic lives. The Common Core has set the bar, and Teaching the Common Core Math Standards with Hands-On Activities, Grades K-2 brings the standards to life.

About This Book v

About the Authors vii

Acknowledgments viii


Counting and Cardinality: K.CC.1 2

Activity 1: Reading a Counting Book 2

Activity 2: Counting Floor Tiles 3

Activity 3: Pass the Critter and Count 4

Counting and Cardinality: K.CC.2 5

Activity 1: Pick a Number and Count 5

Activity 2: A Random Number Generator 6

Counting and Cardinality: K.CC.3 10

Activity 1: Miniature Math Bingo 10

Activity 2: Numbers and Objects 11

Counting and Cardinality: K.CC.4 14

Activity 1: Pairing Numbers and Objects 14

Activity 2: Filling in Numbers and Objects 15

Counting and Cardinality: K.CC.5 20

Activity 1: Counting Out 20

Activity 2: Toss the Die 21

Counting and Cardinality K.CC.6 22

Activity: Comparing Objects and Numbers 22

Counting and Cardinality: K.CC.7 25

Activity: Comparing Numbers 25

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: K.OA.1 27

Activity 1: Representing Addition and Subtraction 27

Activity 2: Mini-Math Skit 29

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: K.OA.2 33

Activity: Addition and Subtraction Word Problems 33

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: K.OA.3 36

Activity 1: Getting to 11 36

Activity 2: Decomposing Numbers 37

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: K.OA.4 39

Activity: Making 10 39

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: K.OA.5 43

Activity 1: Piles of Cards 43

Activity 2: Coloring Sums and Differences 44

Number and Operations in Base Ten: K.NBT.1 49

Activity: Tens and Ones 49

Measurement and Data: K.MD.1 54

Activity: Draw, Show, and Tell 54

Measurement and Data: K.MD.2 56

Activity: Comparing Attributes of Objects 56

Measurement and Data: K.MD.3 58

Activity: Sorting, Classifying, and Counting Objects 58

Geometry: K.G.1 60

Activity: Finding Shapes 60

Geometry: K.G.2 62

Activity 1: Identifying and Matching 62

Activity 2: A Virtual Geoboard 64

Geometry: K.G.3 67

Activity: Flat or Solid 67

Geometry: K.G.4 72

Activity 1: Analyzing and Comparing Two-Dimensional Shapes 72

Activity 2: Virtual Two-Dimensional Shapes 73

Activity 3: Analyzing and Comparing Three-Dimensional Shapes 74

Geometry: K.G.5 78

Activity: Making Models 78

Geometry: K.G.6 80

Activity: Combining Shapes 80


Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 1.OA.1 86

Activity 1: Word Problems—Adding To and Taking From 86

Activity 2: Word Problems—Putting Together, Taking Apart, and Comparing 87

Activity 3: Adding When Both Addends Are Unknown 88

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 1.OA.2 92

Activity: Word Problems with Three Addends 92

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 1.OA.3 95

Activity: Spin and Add 95

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 1.OA.4 98

Activity: Finding Unknown Addends 98

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 1.OA.5 101

Activity: Counting Forward and Backward 101

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 1.OA.6 105

Activity 1: Addition and Subtraction Bingo 105

Activity 2: Addition and Subtraction Using Tens 106

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 1.OA.7 112

Activity: True or False Equations Game 112

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 1.OA.8 116

Activity: Addition and Subtraction Equations Game 116

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 1.NBT.1 120

Activity 1: Spin and Count 120

Activity 2: Call Out 121

Activity 3: Draw and Count 121

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 1.NBT.2 123

Activity 1: Numbers and Grids 123

Activity 2: Virtual Base Blocks and Place Value 124

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 1.NBT.3 127

Activity: Numbers War Game 127

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 1.NBT.4 130

Activity 1: Reading about Addition 130

Activity 2: Adding and Verifying Sums 131

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 1.NBT.5 132

Activity: The Game of Finding 10 More or 10 Less 132

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 1.NBT.6 136

Activity: Solving and Modeling Subtraction Problems 136

Measurement and Data: 1.MD.1 139

Activity: Ordering and Comparing Objects by Length 139

Measurement and Data: 1.MD.2 142

Activity: Measuring String in Length Units 142

Measurement and Data: 1.MD.3 144

Activity 1: A Book about Telling Time 144

Activity 2: Practicing Telling Time on a Web Site 145

Measurement and Data: 1.MD.4 146

Activity: Working with Data 146

Geometry: 1.G.1 150

Activity 1: A Book about Lines and Shapes 150

Activity 2: Drawing Shapes 151

Activity 3: Virtual Shapes and Attributes 152

Geometry: 1.G.2 154

Activity 1: Making Two-Dimensional Shapes 154

Activity 2: Making a Three-Dimensional Shape 155

Geometry: 1.G.3 158

Activity 1: Partitioning Circles 158

Activity 2: Partitioning Rectangles 159


Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 2.OA.1 164

Activity 1: Word Problems Involving Adding To and Taking From 164

Activity 2: Word Problems Involving Putting Together, Taking Apart, and Comparing 166

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 2.OA.2 171

Activity: Mental Math Game for Adding and Subtracting within 20 171

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 2.OA.3 175

Activity 1: A Book about an Even-Numbered Day 175

Activity 2: Spilling Objects 176

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 2.OA.4 178

Activity: Rectangular Arrays and Equations 178

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 2.NBT.1 180

Activity 1: Creating Numbers of Up to Three Digits 180

Activity 2: Place Value in Cyberspace 181

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 2.NBT.2 183

Activity: The Counting Game 183

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 2.NBT.3 187

Activity: Puzzles and Expanding Numbers 187

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 2.NBT.4 190

Activity: Comparing Numbers through 999 190

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 2.NBT.5 193

Activity: Addition and Subtraction Bingo within 100 193

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 2.NBT.6 197

Activity: Making Addition Problems 197

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 2.NBT.7 200

Activity: Creating Drawings That Represent Addition and Subtraction 200

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 2.NBT.8 204

Activity: Mental Math Go Around 204

Number and Operations in Base Ten: 2.NBT.9 209

Activity: Explaining Addition and Subtraction Operations 209

Measurement and Data: 2.MD.1 211

Activity: Measuring Objects with the Appropriate Tools 211

Measurement and Data: 2.MD.2 214

Activity: Measurements and Length Units 214

Measurement and Data: 2.MD.3 217

Activity: Estimating Lengths 217

Measurement and Data: 2.MD.4 220

Activity: Expressing Differences in Lengths 220

Measurement and Data: 2.MD.5 223

Activity: Solving Measurement Word Problems 223

Measurement and Data: 2.MD.6 226

Activity: Constructing Number Line Diagrams to Show Addition and Subtraction 226

Measurement and Data: 2.MD.7 231

Activity 1: Time on the Internet 231

Activity 2: Matching Time Cards 232

Measurement and Data: 2.MD.8 235

Activity 1: A Book about Math and Money 235

Activity 2: The Money Quiz Game 236

Measurement and Data: 2.MD.9 239

Activity: Measurement and Line Plots 239

Measurement and Data: 2.MD.10 243

Activity: Constructing Picture Graphs and Bar Graphs 243

Geometry: 2.G.1 246

Activity 1: Identifying and Classifying Shapes 246

Activity 2: Drawing and Naming Shapes 247

Geometry: 2.G.2 252

Activity: Partitioning Rectangles into Squares 252

Geometry: 2.G.3 256

Activity 1: Partitioning and Describing Parts of Rectangles 256

Activity 2: Partitioning and Describing Parts of Circles 257