Grade 1 Math at Home

Welcome! We’ll update this page every weekday with a new math activity. Many of the activities will be fun and worthwhile for students of all ages so that you can do them as a family. The following day, we’ll share examples of how other people did the activity so you can check your work and stretch your thinking.

The resources on this page focus on the major work for first grade:

  • fluency with addition and subtraction facts within 10; doubles through at least 6 + 6

  • addition and subtraction with teen numbers

    • adding 10 to make teen numbers (3 + 10 = 13)

    • subtracting 10 or ones from teen numbers (16 – 6 = 10)

  • solving story problems that involve adding and subtracting beyond 20

We’ll do a lot of work with shapes and patterns, too!

Activity of the Day

Check the archive to see past activities with sample solutions.

The spice rack has 3 rows for jars of spices. Each row can fit 8 jars. The top row has 8 jars. The middle row has 2 jars. The bottom row has 5 jars.

Math in Our World: The Spice Rack

Do you know what spices are? They add flavor to food. Yum!

I love to use spices when I cook meals at home.

I keep my favorite jars of spices on this spice rack.

  1. Show what is happening using pictures, models, or numbers.

  1. What do you notice? What do you wonder?

  2. What math questions can you ask about this situation? Answer all the questions you can!

How could you get started?

  1. Think about how many jars of spices are on each shelf.

  2. Then think about how many jars there are in all. Combining 2 shelves to make a group of 10 jars might help.

  3. How can you write an equation that matches the situation?


  1. Show your work to someone else. Use numbers and math words to explain your thinking. Did they understand?

  2. Ask whether they have any other questions you can answer!


Find some shelves in your home with spices, cans of food, or other similar objects. Make up your own story problem with the results and share it with us!

Permanent Link: Google doc for printing, copying, and sharing

We'd love to see your thinking! Share your work with Math at Home.

Watch: Grade 1 Activity of the Day


Additional Resources

Use the resources below for paper-and-pencil practice and to play math games at home. All resources are free to the public.

Want more Activities of the Day? Check out the archive for past activities, including sample responses.

Collections of practice pages organized by math skill. In English and Spanish with answer keys.

Digital math games to play independently or together online.

Math games for families to play together at home with materials and tools easily made, downloaded, or found online.

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