4 Math IEP Goals for Kindergarten Representing Addition Up To Five | TeachTastic

Updated: Sep 5

As an educator, you want to make sure that each and every student has the opportunity to be successful. You also know that creating individualized education plans (IEPs) can be a lot of work.

It's hard enough to find time to plan differentiated instruction, let alone create goals for each student on your caseload.

We've done the hard part for you! This list of 4 math IEP goals for Kindergarten representing addition up to five is ready-to-use and aligned with major curriculum frameworks. Plus, they're scaffolded so that students can achieve mastery at their own pace.

Standard Targeted IEP Goal K.OA.A.1 Represent Addition and Subtraction with Objects or Drawings

By (date), when given problems with addition, the student will represent addition with objects, improving operations and algebraic thinking skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.

Teaching Resource: IEP Goal Math Objective Workbook

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Skill Range

Entry Level Addition - Kindergarten (K)




Operations & Algebraic Thinking

1 Show How to Compose a Number to 5 Using Concrete Objects

IEP Goals - By (date), when given connecting cubes, the student will show how to compose a number to 5 using concrete objects, improving operations and algebraic thinking skills from 0/10 problems out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 problems in ten consecutive trials.

When teaching a student how to represent addition to 5, four steps should be followed. Firstly, the student should master the concept of "in all." This means understanding that when two quantities are combined, they form a new quantity, the sum of the original quantities.

It is also important to start with small numbers and work up to larger ones. For example, use numbers that, when combined, do not total greater than five.

It is important for students to understand that when two quantities are combined, they become one. This concept is often referred to as "in all." Once students have mastered this concept, they will be able to move on to larger numbers. Additionally, using a manipulative such as connecting cubes will help them to visualize the objects merging into one. This will make it easier for them to understand the concept of addition.

Secondly, the student should use connecting cubes rather than stand-alone manipulatives. This will help the student see that the objects merge into one rather than just being placed next to one another.

Tip: Unifix Cubes are a great way to teach young learners math basics. These cube sets come in ten colors, including reds and dark blues that are perfect as examples when teaching patterns or numeration skills!

Thirdly, the student should be encouraged to draw pictures representing addition problems. This will help the student to visualize the problem and see the solution more clearly.

Finally, the student should be given plenty of practice with addition problems. This will help solidify their understanding of the concept and enable them to apply it in various situations. By following these steps, teachers can help their students develop a strong foundation.

How to teach addition to five with connecting cubes

Addition up to 5: Compose Numbers - Set 1

Teaching resources you can use to progress monitor this goal

  1. Compose Numbers - Math Center for Kindergarten (K) grade Set 1

  2. 5-in-1 - Kindergarten (K) Representing Addition Up To Five

Lesson Plans

  1. Add to 5 - Put together cubes with sums to 5

  2. Add to 5 - Matching addition models with sentences