Kindergarten Mathematics


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.

  1. Students use numbers, including written numerals, to represent quantities and to solve quantitative problems, such as counting objects in a set; counting out a given number of objects; comparing sets or numerals; and modeling simple joining and separating situations with sets of objects, or eventually with equations such as 5 + 2 = 7 and 7 – 2 = 5. (Kindergarten students should see addition and subtraction equations, and student writing of equations in kindergarten is encouraged, but it is not required.) Students choose, combine, and apply effective strategies for answering quantitative questions, including quickly recognizing the cardinalities of small sets of objects, counting and producing sets of given sizes, counting the number of objects in combined sets, or counting the number of objects that remain in a set after some are taken away.
  2. Students describe their physical world using geometric ideas (e.g., shape, orientation, spatial relations) and vocabulary. They identify, name, and describe basic two-dimensional shapes, such as squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, and hexagons, presented in a variety of ways (e.g., with different sizes and orientations), as well as three-dimensional shapes such as cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. They use basic shapes and spatial reasoning to model objects in their environment and to construct more complex shapes.

Grade K Overview

Counting and Cardinality

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Number and Operations in Base Ten

 Measurement and Data


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Grade K Go Math Chapters

  • Chapter One: Represent, Count and Write Numbers 0 to 5
  • Chapter Two: Compare Numbers to 5
  • Chapter Three: Represent, Count and Write Numbers 6 to 9
  • Chapter Four: Represent and Compare Numbers to 10
  • Chapter Five: Addition
  • Chapter Six: Subtraction
  • Chapter Seven: Represent, Count and Write Numbers 11 to 19
  • Chapter Eight: Represent, Count and Write 20 and Beyond
  • Chapter Nine: Identify and Describe Two-Dimensional Shapes
  • Chapter Ten: Identify and Describe Three Dimensional Shapes
  • Chapter Eleven: Measurement
  • Chapter Twelve: Classify and Sort Data