Your child is responsible for practicing math facts regularly during the week as part of their homework.  You may also practice using other ways!

1. Play cards (i.e. Use a deck to make addition and subtraction games; there are also -addition/subtraction WAR decks available).

2. Many board games require the children to count money or other items. Nice family time as well. :-)

3. Math web sites.

4. Fact cards.

5. Target/Dollar Store white boards or dry-erase math fact placemats for practice.

6. Counting items from the kitchen...adding/subtracting groups of items in the household.

7. Counting change.


Math Links to enjoy (reading and math games) (Scott Foresman Math - you will need password) - time yourself to become a math wizard - lots of math practice fun

Addition and Subtraction Tools and Strategies We Use:


These are hands-on materals we use in class for math.

Hundred Chart:

A chart of 1-100 that many students like to use for adding and subtracting. They are better able to visualize the pattern of adding or subtracting tens. You can find a 100 chart to print out on-line at (

Base Ten Blocks:

These are used to build numbers and solve problems. Students also draw base ten blocks to show their thinking when solving a problem. Base ten blocks help students decompose (or take apart) numbers to show 100's, 10's, and 1's.

Number Lines:

Number lines are created to solve problems. Students may use increments of ones, or use more efficient increments of tens. For example, in the problem 68 + 15, students would begin the number line at 68 and hop ten 68 + 10 = 78 then hop 5 +5 for final sum of 83

Drawing Pictures

This is a useful strategy for solving story problems. This is the best tool for visualization and understanding of a problem. After a drawing, the student will then be asked to write a number sentence that tells about it.

Showing Work

It is important to show your work and thinking. Students are required to show their work in pictures, numbers, words, or a combination of these things so I know how they arrived at their answer(s).


1. Use a 100 chart

2. Use number lines

3. Use doubles (Example: 7+8, say 7+7 = 14, so 7+8 = 15)

4. Use addition to solve subtraction (Example: 13-9, 9+4 = 13, so 13-9 = 4)

5. Counting on

6. Counting back