SMCPS uses Bridges in Mathematics, 2nd Edition, as a primary resource for teaching your child the Common Core State Standards.

First Grade Math Content

  • 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

Family Welcome Letter An introduction to Bridges including an overview of the year.

Parent Letters by Quarter

Please follow the links below to read more detailed parent letters for each unit.

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Resources to Help You Child at Home

The following selection of games and activities will help your child to practice some of these skills at home.

Basic Addition

  • Marble Math Players see and hear an addition problem and are asked to choose a solution by clicking on one of three options. Players can drag marbles at the bottom of the screen into the provided boxes to help solve problems. Play includes five levels of addition, starting with simple one-digit problems.
  • MathTappers: Find Sums This simple, free game uses ten-frames and is designed to help learners make sense of addition. It's an excellent game to explore with your child while you're on the go, as it is available for your IOS devices.
  • Math Lines In this game, players make quick decisions to pair numbers that add up to a target sum. Before you begin the game, review the pairs of numbers that add up to the target sum.
  • Fuzz Bugs Number Bond  Select a target sum and challenge your child to click and drop the missing number into the number bond at the bottom of the screen. Consider using 10 as a target sum or choose from another number from 5–20.
  • First to Five Practice addition facts by adding the sum of two dice and clicking on the correct sum on the chalkboard. Be the first to five of a kind to win the game.

Basic Subtraction

  • Balloon Pop Subtraction View a subtraction problem and pop balloons to figure out the solution. Three levels of difficulty are available, as well as audio directions.
  • Minus Mission  Practice subtraction within 10 by shooting at the expression that equals a given difference in this timed game.


  • Measure that Foot  Measure a monster foot using household objects such as blocks for crayons. Then, find a shoe that fits the monster.
  • Crystals Rule  Measure the length of rocks using non-standard units. (Flash)



  • Counting Fish The player counts small numbers of animated fish. Talk to your child about different ways to count the fish, perhaps by finding groups of 2 or 3 fish. Players scoring 70% or better will move to the next level. Audio directions.
  • Counting Games Choose from an assortment of games: Teddy Numbers, Underwater Counting, Gingerbread Man Games, Ladybird Spots.
  • Number FramesUse frames to count, represent, compare, and compute. This free manipulative is available both as an app on online.
  • Number RackCount and compare movable, colored beads. This free manipulative is available both as an app and online.
  • Ten Frame Select from several games that challenge students to count objects, build numbers, or answer basic addition problems using a ten frame. A Five Frame is also available.

Number Sequencing

  • Numerical Order Players order numbers from 1-10 (Level 1) and 11-20 (Level 2). Advanced levels include numbers from 21-30, 31-40, etc. Audio directions.

More Games

The links below contain some of the best games for elementary math students to play at home. Look through the sites to find other activities for your child.

  • ABCya!  The math games on this site, modeled from primary grade lessons, were approved of or created by teachers.
  • Johnnie's Math Page Use this online index to find hundreds of interactive math games on the web, organized by concept.
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives Organized by grade band and math concept, this Utah State University site contains a wide selection of virtual manipulatives.

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