mathonfloor.jpgPlay the game Cash Out to practice making change. You can set the difficulty level, hints and figures the change amount. Cash Out
Other money games for first graders can be found at this site. Money Games
Have your child practice counting real coins at home. Give your child an amount and have them find one or more ways to make that amount with coins.
Share The Coin Counting Book or Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday, or The Penny Pot with your child. (see Literature List)

Share The Grapes of Math, Tang, with your child. Several pages in this book are especially relevant to this unit, including the "Grapes of Math" (grouping to count by 10's, "One Hump or Two" (grouping to count by 5s), and "Sweet Cherries" (grouping to count by 10s) activities.

Practice counting by 5s and 10s to 100.

Use real life story problems to help your child practice adding and subtracting. Example: If an orchestra's string section has 16 violins, 14 violas, and 2 cellos, what is the total number of instruments in the string section?

Using a simple map of the United States, highlight the Mississippi River. This is often used as the dividing line between the east and the west. Have your child color the states and figure out how many states are in the east and how many are in the west. Have your child check their count by adding the numbers together. Don't forget Alaska and Hawaii!

Use the books The Smushy Bus and Fifty-five Grandmas and a Llama for entertaining scenarios to model the usefulness of two-digit addition (and simple subtraction). (see Literature List)
Share Dinner at the Panda Palace with your child. Have them illustrate a scene from the book and record the number of dinner guests as an addition sentence.

Have your child choose two locations around home. Have them walk from one point to another counting the number of steps they take. (The two places chosen should require them to walk at least 10 steps but no more than 99 steps.) Ask your child to figure out how many more steps they would need to take to make a total of 100 steps.