• This year we are using Bridges in Mathematics, a K–5 math program that will help us meet the new standards and make math meaningful and exciting. In first grade, students focus on addition and subtraction, place value, and shapes. Throughout the year they:

• solve addition and subtraction story problems
• count by ones and tens to 120 read and write numbers to 120, and represent a number of objects up to 120 with a written numeral
• understand place value by describing what the digits mean in two-digit numbers; use this knowledge to add and subtract
• add two-digit numbers using at least two different strategies and explain how the strategies work
• subtract two-digit numbers that are multiples of 10 using at least two different strategies and explain how the strategies work
• compare two numbers using the symbols >, =, and <
• add and subtract numbers within 10 efficiently and accurately
• read or construct a graph and answer questions about the data
• measure length using non-standard units such as Popsicle sticks, linking cubes, and so on
• tell and write time to the hour and half-hour on analog and digital clock

When you talk with your child about their math work, it might sometimes seem unfamiliar or different than you remember. But there are still many ways you can help them explore math! By being open to learning and talking with your child, you can help your child develop strong skills and a love of math.