Here are some books and websites that can be used to teach addition and subtraction in First grade.
The Mission of Addition. By Brian P. Cleary. Illus. by Brian Gable. (2007). 32p. Millbrook. (9781575058597). Gr.1-2.
This is a cute book that helps introduce and review addition. The author uses illustrations with cartoon cats to give examples of how addition can be used. He describes vocabulary words such as “add, plus, and equals.” Towards the very end some numbers add up to the 20’s but most of the book works with smaller sums.
Mission: Addition. By Lorren Leedy. Illus. by author (1997). 32p. Holiday House, (978-0823414123). Gr. 1-2.
This book uses a classroom of animal characters to help explain addition facts. The book has 6 different short stories and situations that use addition. For example, the section “Closet Cash” is about a dog who has a yard sale and adds up his earnings. This would be a good book to read with the class and then set out for students to flip through and practice the addition sentences in the stories. The last page has answers to questions asked at the end of each section.
A creative book that adds sets of objects such as “one goat and one unicorn equals three horns.” This would be a fun book to read to the class. Kids will enjoy guessing how “1+1=14.” This book could also be used to introduce an activity where students create picture problems. The illustrations have other objects in the background that could be counted as well.
Domino Addition. By Lynette Long, Ph.D. (1996). 32p. Charlesbridge Pub Inc, (978-0881068771). Gr. 1
This is a great book to use before getting started on a lesson that uses dominos to add. The book explains how each side of a domino’s dots are added together and shows a full set of dominoes so that students can see all the different combinations of dots. The book also asks interactive questions such as “Can you find the domino that has a total of zero spots?” A great read aloud book and independent book because even if the student cannot read all of the words they should be able to follow the pictures and numbers in order to practice addition.
Elevator Magic. By Stuart J. Murphy. Illus. by Brian Karas. (1997). 40p. Turtleback, 978-0613049276. Gr. 1
The reader travels with a boy named Ben and his mother down an elevator. Ben uses subtraction to figure out what number floor to hit. As they travel Ben finds unexpected surprises. The back of the book contains ideas for reading the book to students and subtraction activities that can be done at home.
And here are some addition and subtraction websites for kids: