Addition is the first operation that children learn and without a full understanding of addition, a student will not be able to excel with subtraction, multiplication, or division. It is important to be able to recognize the addition symbol as well as associate the terms addition, adding, sum, and joining with this operation. Addition is the action or process of adding something to something else.
Addition Annie. By David Gisler. Illus. by Sarah A. Beise. 2002. 32p. Children's Press, (9780516273785). Gr. K-2.
This is a unique book as it takes you through a story with Annie as she counts everything around her. It is a very simple book great for beginning addition learning. It also includes very colorful, action filled pictures to help understand the concept.
This book is a fun way to introduce addition to young students because it incorporates Hershey's Kisses. What child doesn't like candy or chocolate? This book features a 'cast' of miniature clowns under the weight of life-sized Hershey's Kisses to illustrate and explain the math concept of addition.
Springtime Addition. By Jill Fuller. Illus. by Linda Bullock. 2004. 31p. Scholastic Library Publishing, (9780516244228). Gr. K-2.
This book is part of the Rookie Read-About Math Series, and is great for introducing math concepts to young children using wonderful illustrations, large font, simple scenarios, with a lot of white space so it is not overwhelming.
The Happy Hippos. By Scholastic. Illus. by Daniel J. Mahoney. 2005. 16p. Scholastic, Inc., (9780439690232). Gr. K-1.
This book has a collection of tales that each focuses on a different number or skill. This way children are able to to explore addition in a variety of different activities, stories and even poems.
This is a good introduction book for addition and helps students become familiar with the concept of addition and its key terms. It incorporates playful rhymes and is a fun way to learn math for young children.
This website provides good addition games for kids to help them master addition. Kids can learn while having fun at the same time. The game is very easy to follow, as you complete problems they begin to get more difficult.
This website has an interactive addition game geared for students in grades K-2. The game Marble Math, provides students a fun and educational activity with addition. The game includes audio that helps the student understand how to count and play the activity.
This website is great for getting worksheets for addition to give your students. The worksheets are progressive, starting with simple adding worksheets all the way to timed addition drill worksheets. This is a great resource for a teacher to use to create worksheets to help students learn, reinforce, and practice their addition skills.
This website is great for students to come to reinforce what they have already learned and to practice their addition facts with games and activities. There are also guided lesson plans that a parents or educator can do with a student. This is a very kid friendly website.
This website allows you to create your own worksheets and handouts to give your students regarding addition. There are five categories of addition you can choose from. This is a great resource for the teacher to use.
Virginia Standard of Learning
1.5 The Student will recall basic addition facts with sums to 18 or less and the corresponding subtraction facts.
Background Information from Curriculum Framework
- Associate the terms addition, adding, and sum with the concept of joining or combining.
- Provide practice in the use and selection of strategies. Encourage students to develop efficient strategies.
- Manipulatives should be used to develop an understanding of addition facts. Automaticity of facts can be achieved through constant practice which may include games, hands-on activities, flash cards, and paper and pencil.
- Students should first master facts to 10 and then master facts to 18.