Solve and Cover: A Math Center for the Whole Year! First Grade

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K - 2nd
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Solve and Cover is a self-checking game that can be played ALL YEAR LONG. I developed this game to help streamline my math center routine and give students the opportunity to review essential math skills taught throughout the year in first grade. Students can play this game independently, in partners, or with a small group.

40 sets of math skills included!

Simply choose the task card set with the skill you would like students to work on and the seasonal or non-seasonal math mat you would like students to use. Students will look at the problem on the task card, solve it in the answer space on the math mat, then turn over the task card to check their answer. If correct, the student will cover one of the circles on their math mat with a manipulative. For manipulatives I use anything from chips, cubes, mini erasers, etc. I like to change it up to keep students engaged! To win, students try to be the first to cover all the circles on their mat.

Skills included:


Ten Frames

Tally Marks

Make 10

Make 20

Number Bonds

Find the Sum- Sums to 10

Find the Sum- Sums to 20

Doubles/Near Doubles

Add or Subtract

Find the Difference

Even and Odd

Fact Families

Missing Addend

3 Addend Addition

True or False Equations

Balance Equations

10 More 10 Less

100 More 100 Less

2D Shapes

3D Shapes


Base 10- 2 Digit Numbers

Place Value 2 Digit

Place Value 3 Digit

Expanded Form 2 Digit

Expanded Form 3 Digit

Multiples of 10

Number Words

2 Digit Addition

2 Digit Subtraction

Before, Between, After

Comparing 2 Digit Numbers

Comparing 3 Digit Numbers

Ordering Numbers

Number Patterns

Round to the Nearest 10

Time to the Hour

Time to the Half Hour

Counting Coins

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175 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.
Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.
Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 + ? = 11, 5 = ▯ - 3, 6 + 6 = ▯.
Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. For example, which of the following equations are true and which are false? 6 = 6, 7 = 8 - 1, 5 + 2 = 2 + 5, 4 + 1 = 5 + 2.
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).


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