Addition Math Mats & Mini Lessons with Mental Math Strategies

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Help your students master their basic addition math facts with these research-based, brain-friendly mini lessons, math mats & anchor posters.

These mini lessons and math mats are designed to lead your students through the Concrete - Representational - Abstract (CRA) instructional sequence. This CRA sequence will improve understanding and mastery of the 10 mental math strategies that will equip your students to master their facts.

These mini lessons are perfect for:

  • Whole Group
  • Small Group
  • Intervention


Concrete - Representational - Abstract (CRA) Lesson Sequence Overview

• An engaging Mini Lesson and 2 Math Mats for each of the following mental math addition strategies:

  • Doubles
  • Doubles +1
  • Plus 0
  • Count On +1
  • Count On +2
  • Count On +3
  • Tens Partners
  • Flip Flop (Commutative)
  • Plus 10
  • Plus 9

  • Math Mats - Color
  • Math Mats – Black & White
  • 'I Can Statements'/Strategy Posters
  • 14 Addition Vocabulary Banners
  • BONUS Math Mats


• Research-based

• Teacher-Tested – (thumbs up)

• Easy Prep: Just print and use for years!

• Organized by Mental Math Strategies

• May be used to differentiate math instruction

• Color and B&W versions

• CCSS aligned – each ‘I Can Statement’ has standards written right on them


• Kid Tested (thumbs up)

• Engaging hands-on lessons


• Color and Black & White versions included

• Math Mats can be printed once and used for years!



Guided and Independent Practice Resources

Math Fact Fluency Addition Printables - Superhero Theme

Math Centers Resources

Addition Strategy Centers Bundle

Assessment Resources

Math Facts Addition and Subtraction Assessments


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.


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