First Grade Resources

Building math fluency and deep conceptual understanding

Deeply personalized, adaptive, standards aligned lessons

The following demo lessons are currently only compatible on desktop browsers, but the full lessons are available on the Apple iPad app.

Building a Decade of a Hundreds Chart

Early learners often struggle to “wrap” or move to the next row on a hundreds chart. The distance between numbers can be hard to grasp. For example, the number 30 is just one space away from 40 on a hundreds chart. The number 31 is far from 30, so many students think that 30 and 40 are closer in value than 30 and 31. DreamBox includes lessons where students build a hundreds chart, one decade at a time. Students love this series and often want to play it over and over!

Building Equal Expressions with Snap Blocks™

Snap Blocks lessons let students build and evaluate expressions with multiple addends (like 3+4+6 = 1+6+6), to build understanding of the equal sign. We increase the difficulty by increasing the number of addends on each side of the equation, using larger addends, and more. This series ends with quick true/false, equal/not equal, and less than/equal to/more than lessons, to build fluency and efficiency.

You can also view the Snap Blocks™ tutorial. Snap Blocks lessons let students build and evaluate expressions with multiple addends (like 3+4+6 = 1+6+6), to build understanding of the equal sign. We increase the difficulty by increasing the number of addends on each side of the equation, using larger addends, and more. This series ends with quick true/false, equal/not equal, and less than/equal to/more than lessons, to build fluency and efficiency.

Grade 1 Teacher Tools & Sample Lesson Plans

RSnap Blocks lessons let students build and evaluate expressions with multiple addends (like 3+4+6 = 1+6+6), to build understanding of the equal sign. We increase the difficulty by increasing the number of addends on each side of the equation, using larger addends, and more. This series ends with quick true/false, equal/not equal, and less than/equal to/more than lessons, to build fluency and efficiency.

You can also view the Snap Blocks™ tutorial. Snap Blocks lessons let students build and evaluate expressions with multiple addends (like 3+4+6 = 1+6+6), to build understanding of the equal sign. We increase the difficulty by increasing the number of addends on each side of the equation, using larger addends, and more. This series ends with quick true/false, equal/not equal, and less than/equal to/more than lessons, to build fluency and efficiency.

Making math meaningful

These Teacher Tools help bring math to life for all students in large- or small-group instructional settings. Any teacher can use these online math tools—TenFrames, MathRacks, and other innovative tools—with your interactive white board or projector to make math lessons clear for your whole class.

Supporting professional development

When teachers access DreamBox Teacher Tools, they’ll also find tutorials about using the manipulatives and ideas for incorporating the tools into classroom lessons. And we provide resources that support the professional development of teachers as they learn to include the virtual manipulatives in their lesson plans. 

Grade 1 Teacher Tools for interactive whiteboards

See a Grade 1 sample lesson plan: Numbers to One Hundreds on the MathRack Sample Lesson Plan

Additional First Grade Resources