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Common Core Mapping for Kindergarten

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Common Core for Mathematics
Common Core Lesson Plans and Worksheets for Kindergarten

In Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on two critical areas:
(1) representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects
(2) describing shapes and space.
More learning time in Kindergarten should be devoted to number than to other topics.

Counting and Cardinality





Count to 100 by ones and by tens.

Count to 100

Count to 100

Counting Table

Counting Games


Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).

Count Forward

Count to 10

Count to 20

Count from any number

Counting Game


Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).

Writing Numbers

Write Numbers

Write Numbers

K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.4a, K.CC.B.4b, K.CC.B.4c

Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.

Counting Objects

Count the Say Ten Way

Counting Dots

Counting in scenes

Counting Objects

One more, one less

Count Us In


Count to answer "how many?" questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1 to 20, count out that many objects.

How Many?

Counting Dots

How many objects?

How many objects?

Fishy Count


Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.

More, Less or Equal

More, Less or Equal

Compare groups

More or Less


Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.

Compare Numbers

Compare Numbers

Compare numbers

More or Less?

Operations and Algebraic Thinking




K.OA.A.1, K.OA.A.2

Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.

Add and Subtract



Put together

Take apart

Add within 10

Subtract within 10

Addition Games

Subtraction Games

K.OA.A.3, K.OA.A.4

Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1).
For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation.

Decompose Numbers, Number Bonds, Make 10

Sum to 5

Sum to 10

Making 5

Making 10

Making 10

Number Bond Games


Fluently add and subtract within 5.

Add, Subtract within 5

Sum to 5

Subtract to 5

Subtract Harvest

Number and Operations in Base Ten





Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (such as 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.

Place Value (10 - 19)

Ones and Tens

Teen numbers

Dino Place Value
Click on the eggs that represent the value. 10's and ones.

Measurement and Data




K.MD.A.1, K.MD.A.2

Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of"/"less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.


Compare size

Light and Heavy

Long and Short

Length Measurement


Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.


Sort by Count or Category

More, Less or Same

More or Less





K.G.A.1, K.G.A.2

Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as abovebelowbesidein front ofbehind, and next to.
Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

2D Shapes

3D Shapes

Above & Below

Top, Middle & Bottom

Name shapes

Name shapes

I Spy Shapes


Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, "flat") or three-dimensional ("solid").

2D vs3D Shapes

2D 3D Shape Game


Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/ԣornersԩ and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).

Describe Shapes

Compare shapes

Shape of Objects


Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.

Drawing Shapes


Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, "Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?"

Compose Shapes

Composing Shapes

Fill the Triangle

Tangram Games

Rotate to landscape screen format on a mobile phone or small tablet to use the Mathway widget, a free math problem solver that answers your questions with step-by-step explanations.

You can use the free Mathway calculator and problem solver below to practice Algebra or other math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.

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