# Tips and Tricks for Teaching Addition

We are heading back to school teachers! Are you teaching first and second graders this year?  Need some help with ideas to teach addition? If so read on! Here are some great Math tips and tricks I have used over the years to help make the learning process engaging and effective. Check out additional Essential Math Strategies for Elementary Teachers here!

## Use manipulatives when teaching addition

Start with concrete materials.  Use manipulatives, such as blocks or counting bears, to help students understand the concept of adding.  When teaching 1st and 2nd graders addition offer concrete materials such as blocks, counters, or unifix cubes to help students visualize and understand the concepts of addition.

## Visual aids

Draw pictures or use illustrations to show examples of addition problems and how they can be solved.

## Practice with real-life examples

Connect addition concepts to real-life situations, such as counting the number of toys in a toy box or the number of people in a room. Show students how addition is used in everyday life, such as counting money or measuring ingredients for cooking.

## Make Math fun with addition games and activities

Make learning fun by using games and activities that involve counting and adding, such as roll-and-cover or bingo. Furthermore, songs and rhymes can be a fun way to reinforce concepts and help students remember the facts.  Use songs, games, and other fun activities to help students practice addition and increase addition vocabulary in a lighthearted and enjoyable way.

## Differentiate instruction

Meet the needs of individual students, such as using visual aids or manipulatives for visual learners, or using games and activities for kinesthetic learners. Adapt the level of difficulty of activities and assignments to meet the needs of individual students.

## Practice, practice, practice:

Don’t forget! Consistent practice and review are key to mastery. Incorporate daily or weekly review sessions to ensure students have a solid understanding of the concepts.  Provide a variety of activities, such as worksheets, games, and word problems, to keep students engaged.

By using these Math tips and tricks, you can help first and second-graders develop a strong foundation in addition.  Celebrate students’ successes and progress by offering praise and encouragement to help build their confidence.  Continue your students’ understanding of mathematical concepts, and enjoy the process of learning!