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Surf for More Math


Lesson 1: Using Addition Strategies

Use these interactive activities to encourage students to have fun on the Web while learning about using addition strategies. Students can try these activities on their own or in pairs.


Add 1-digit numbers using mental math strategies.

Builds Upon

Student Book pages 58–59

Instructions for Use

In Space Shuttle Launch, students can use mental math strategies to solve 1-digit addition problems.

Click on the astronaut to start. Choose Addition and Easy in the following screens. Click the numbers on the pad at the left to solve the math problem shown on the screen. A correct answer leads to the success of the mission; an incorrect answer causes the mission to fail.

In Guitar Hero, students can use mental math strategies to solve 1-digit addition problems.

Leave the skill as “Addition,” leave the first operand as 1, change the second operand to 9, and leave the level at “Beginner.” Then you may enter your name at the bottom and click “Start.” Press any key to start the game, then read the addition problem as it comes down the screen. Use the arrow keys or “ASDFG” keys to move from side to side to select the correct answer. Leave your answer highlighted until the addition problem reaches the bottom of the screen. If your answer is correct, a point will appear in the green circle. If your answer is incorrect, or if you do not choose an answer before the problem reaches the bottom, a point will appear in the red circle.

Slam Dunk Addition (SMART Notebook-Compatible) has students solve 1-digit addition problems. Pages 3, 6, 7, and 10 are the most appropriate for this lesson. You should set this activity up for students. You may want to adapt the SMART Notebook file to suit your class.

On each page, calculate the answer to the question using mental math skills. Then move the basketball with that answer to the red circle.