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OPS At Home Learning: 1st Grade

Grade level resources



Recommended minutes per day: 30 minutes


15 minutes of math activities (choose one below)

10 minutes of Khan Academy (see suggested grade level starting point)

5 minutes of Xtra Math


  • Look out a window for 5 minutes. Count and tally the number of trees, cars, pets and people you see. Make a tally chart of your data. 
  • How long is a minute? Have someone in your home set a minute timer. Count and tally the number of times you can write your name in one minute. Now count and tally the number of jumping jacks you can do in one minute. Switch roles and be the timer. Compare your data.  
  • Write a list of three sports. Ask the people in your home which of these sports is their favorite. Make a tally chart of your data.  
  • Play a game of Save Twenty. Roll five dice. You can save dice and reroll others up to four rolls. If the sum of your dice is less than or equal to 20, that’s your score. If the sum of your dice is greater than 20, your score is zero.  
  • Use a deck of cards to play a game of compare. Shuffle the cards. Each player takes two cards and finds the sum. The player with the greater sum wins that round and takes all cards. Continue playing until all cards in the deck are gone. 
  • Create your own addition/subtraction story and share it with a family member or guardian. (numbers up to 20) 
  • Practice adding using a collection of up to 10 objects. Divide the objects into two groups. Say or write an equation to represent the grouping of objects. For example, “I have 9 blocks. I have a group of 5 and a group of 4. So, 5 + 4 = 9.” Put the piles back together and find a new combination to make 9. Repeat until all possible combinations are found. 
  • Use a deck of cards (1-9) to play closest to 20.  Each player is dealt 5 cards. Players choose 3 of their 5 cards to find a sum as close to 20 as possible. A player’s score for the round is the difference between his or her sum and 20. The goal is to get the lowest score. Play 5 rounds of closest to 20.  
  • Fill a small jar or cup with items from your home (examples: marbles, crackers, cotton balls, Legos). Estimate how many there are in the jar/cup. Count to see how close you were. Find the difference between your estimate and the actual amount. Have a family member or guardian estimate the number of objects. Were your estimates the same? Explain to each other how you determined your estimate. 


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Social Studies

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes


  • Listen to this read aloud of Roxaboxen.  Go outside and collect rocks, sticks, leaves, etc with permission of an adult.  Use your imagination to create a small-town.  Be sure to include things like homes, stores, roads, etc. 
  • Draw a picture of what it would be like to visit a beach or draw a picture of what it would look like to visit the mountains.  Write three things you would like to do while visiting. 
  • Write a poem about living in Omaha, Nebraska. 
  • Make a list of things you want to do before starting back to school. 
  • Read this book Let's Have a Picnic then go out and have a picnic with your some adult members of your household. 


Epic eBook - Wants and Needs  This eBook tells the difference between wants and needs. Use school login information or create a free account.

Epic eBook - Lilly Learns about Wants and Needs - explore how Lily learns the difference between wants and needs.  Use school login information or create a free account. 

Epic eBook - Want it or Need it? - This eBook shows how people make choices between needs and wants.  Use school login information or create a free account. 

PBS Learning Media - What is Money?  This video teaches the difference between dollars/cents and their value.  Also talks about things people can do with their money. 




Language Arts / Reading

Recommended minutes per day: 45 minutes

20 minutes of self-selected independent reading

15 minutes of reading activities (choose one below)

10 minutes daily journal writing: Create a daily writing journal. Write about anything you want.  Examples may include writing about your day, a friend and or a family member.


  • At my zoo, I would have many ________________. I would have just a few __________ because ____________. I would have other things at my zoo like ___________.  
  • Go on a nature walk with a parent/guardian. Collect things in nature in a baggie. Write in your journal and glue in the things you collected. 
  • Play the letter game. Pick a letter and write down as many things that you can think of that begin with that letter. Read the words and award yourself a point for each word that you thought of.  



PBS Learning-Early Elementary  Engaging and interactive online resources for students to use at home

Storyline Online Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books

ReadWorks Create a free account to access the authentic and engaging texts to read


Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes


  • Draw a plant, label its essential parts and tell someone in your family what each part does. Record your sharing. 
  • Research facts about your favorite animal. Write five facts and include a detailed illustration of your animal in its habitat. 
  • Draw a diagram of a circuit that includes a wire, a battery, and a light bulb. 
  • Choose an animal from your ecosystem and create a food web showing the transfer of energy between organisms. 


These websites provide interactive learning opportunities, virtual field trips, and videos for your students.

PBS Learning Science

Mystery Science




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