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VocabularySpellingCity has created these first grade math word lists so parents and teachers can use interactive educational vocabulary games as supplements to the first grade math curriculum. Each word list is tailored for use in a first grade math class, with grade-appropriate sentences and definitions. Simply select a math category and choose any of the 25 games.

The math vocabulary lists are based on the Common Core First Grade Math Standards. VocabularySpellingCity provides these academic vocabulary lists with the words used in meaningful sample sentences and explained with level-appropriate definitions. Teachers can import these math word lists into their accounts, where sentences and definitions can be edited and words can be added or removed.

Common Core State Standards Overview for First Grade Math

Algebraic Thinking
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  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction
  • Add and subtract within 20
  • Work with addition and subtraction equations
Number & Operations in Base 10
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  • Extend the counting sequence
  • Understand place value
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract
Measurement & Data
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  • Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units
  • Tell and write time
  • Represent and interpret data
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  • Reason with shapes and their attributes
Source: www.corestandards.org
First Grade Algebraic Thinking
Operations & Algebraic Thinking - List 1 of 1
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Welcome to first grade math words and vocabulary! You'll find a broad assortment of first grade math vocabulary that helps students comprehend the essential concepts of first grade math.

The math vocabulary lists are based on the Common Core First Grade Math Standards. A review of these necessary terms will help budding mathematicians build a solid math foundation. Students can practice their first grade math definitions through interactive games designed to facilitate otherwise dull repetitive drills and practice.

Using the categorized lists will ensure students learn their first grade math terms while having a great time!

First Grade Math Vocabulary
Words at a Glance:

Algebraic Thinking

Operations & Algebraic Thinking: alike, similar, object, match, size, output, sort, input, different

Base Ten Operations

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Graphing/Units: data, non-standard unit, horizontal, vertical, standard unit, graph, estimate, symbol, sort, group

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Counting: skip-counting, count, numeral, even, odd, whole number, pattern, integer

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Comparison: compare, less, equal, near, less than, more than, half, opposite, before, after

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Sequence: order, number line, pattern, number, more, rule, less, sequence, sort

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Operations: solve, addition, total, add, numeral, subtraction, equals, operation, minus, less, more, number sentence, sum, subtract, plus, difference

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Place Value: half, place value, fourth, double, whole, tens, ones, digit

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Digits: digit, count, zero, ten, one, hundred, thousand, whole number, integer

Measurement & Data

Calendar: month, calendar, day, week, year, leap year, season

Graphing: chart, picture graph, bar graph, input, measurement, table, data

Length/Temperature: measure, length, foot, ruler, long, inch, shorter, thermometer, temperature

Money: money, dollar, coin, cent, half-dollar, quarter, nickel, penny, dime, currency

Statisics: less likely, impossible, equally likely, tally, certain, equal parts, estimate, even, chance

Time: time, second, hour hand, minute, second hand, half-hour, clock, first, hour, minute hand

Weight/Volume: measure, gram, scales, cup, pint, quart, pound, size, balance, kilogram


Description: size, longer, small, longest, smallest, intersect, characteristics, side, parallel, describe

Direction: corner, slide, curves, turn, right, above, below, left, direction, line

Location: location, in front of, between, under, inside, outside, behind, middle, over

Prisms: geometry, prism, line of symmetry, sphere, cylinder, cube, three dimensional, fourths, halves, cone

Shapes: geometry, rectangular, line of symmetry, circle, square, triangle, shape, rectangle, two dimensional, sides

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