First Grade Math Problems

Welcome to our First Grade Math Problems.

Here you will find our range of challenging math problem worksheets which are designed to give children the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to solve a range of longer problems.

These problems are also a great way of developing perseverance and getting children to try different approaches in their math.

First Grade Math Problems

Here you will find a range of problem solving worksheets.

The problems on the sheets are longer math problems designed to encourage children to use a range of math skills to solve them.

The skills the problems will help to develop include:

  • systematic working
  • logical thinking
  • number fact knowledge
  • searching for all possible answers.

At first grade, the problems are straightforward, mainly involving adding sets of numbers, or finding ways of making a given total.

The sheets are also quite well structured at this stage so that children know how many answers they need to find, and there are usually examples showing them what to do.

1st Grade Math Word Problems

At the Shops

At the Shops is a simple money activity where the aim is to get children to find ways to make money amounts up to 15¢

Balloon Pairs

Balloon Pairs is a number matching activity where the aim is to add pairs of numbers in the balloons to make different totals, and then to sort the totals into a table.

Balls in the Bucket Challenge 1

Balls-in-the-Bucket Challenge is a simple counting activity where the aim is to choose 3 numbers to add together to make different totals. Part of this activity also involves finding lots of ways to make the same total.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy is a first grade math problems which involves counting up natural numbers: 1+2+3+4+5. It is a simple problem which involves adding up the number of candles on birthdays.

How Many Rectangles

How Many Rectangles is an activity involving counting all the rectangles in a shape. It is good for recognising that squares are also rectangles. It is also a good activity for combining different rectangles into other rectangles.

In the Box

In the Box is an adding activity where the aim is to find all the number triples from a list that add up to 10 and 11.

Make 13

Make 13 is a math activity involving finding pairs of numbers that total 15, and also finding triples of numbers that add to 15.

Parking Lots 1

Parking Lots is a sequencing activity involving finding as many ways as possible to park 3 cars into 3 parking lots.

Pick the Cards

Pick the Cards involves making different totals from a set of 4 numbered cards.

Place it Right #1

Place it Right involves using place value up to 100 to place the beads in the correct position on an abacus.

Share the Treasure

Share the Treasure involves sharing out 20 gold bars equally into 4 piles. The second part of the activity involves sharing out the bars using four rules.

Who Chose Which Shape #1

Who Chose Which Shape is a logic problem where children have to work out which salamander chose which shape from the clues given.

Looking for some more challenging math problems?

We have some harder math problems of this format at our 2nd grade site.

The worksheets here are more complex and involve more challenge than the problems on this page.

Many of the problems here have harder versions on our 2nd grade problems page.

Using the link below will open the 2nd-grade-math-salamanders site in a new window.

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Looking for some more first grade math problems?

Here you will find a range of math word problems aimed at first grade level. Each problem sheet is based on an interesting theme such as parties or the seaside.

The problems on these pages are easier and with several problems on each sheet.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • Add and subtract with numbers to 12;
  • order numbers to 100;
  • solve a range of math problems.

First Grade Money Worksheets

Here you will find a range of free printable First Grade Money Worksheets.

The following worksheets involve counting different amounts of money in pennies, nickels and dimes.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • learn the names and values of the US coins;
  • learn to count up different amounts of money to $1 in coins.

All the free First Grade Math Worksheets in this section are informed by the Elementary Math Benchmarks for First Grade.

1st Grade Money Worksheets

First Grade Bar Graph Worksheets

Here is our selection of bar graphs for first graders.

These sheets involve reading and interpreting a range of bar graphs and picture graphs with a scale going up in ones.

Using these sheets will help children to understand how bar graphs work.

First Grade Math Puzzles

Here you will find a range of printable first grade math puzzles for your child to enjoy.

The puzzles will help your child practice and apply their addition and subtraction facts as well as developing their thinking and reasoning skills in a fun and engaging way.

Using these puzzles will help your child to:

  • learn their addition facts to 12+12;
  • develop thinking and reasoning skills;
  • develop perseverance.

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