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California Common Core Standards For Math
Kindergarten
Counting and Cardinality
Know number names and the count sequence.
1. Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
2. Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin
at 1).
3. Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0
representing a count of no objects).
Count to tell the number of objects.
4. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
a. When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object
with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
b. Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number
of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were
counted.
c. Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
5. Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular
array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20,
count out that many objects.
Compare numbers.
6. Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number
of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.1
7. Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking K.OA
Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart
and taking from.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
1. Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings2, sounds (e.g.,
claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
2. Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or
drawings to represent the problem.
3. Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or
drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1).
4. For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by
using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation.
5. Fluently add and subtract within 5.
1Include groups with up to ten objects.
2Drawings need not show details, but should show the mathematics in the problem.
(This applies wherever drawings are mentioned in the Standards.)
Number and Operations in Base Ten
Work with numbers 11–19 to gain foundations for place value.
1. Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using
objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 18
= 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, or nine ones.
Measurement and Data
Describe and compare measurable attributes.
1. Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable
attributes of a single object.
2. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more
of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two
children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.
3. Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the
categories by count.3
4. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts time (e.g., morning, afternoon, evening, today,
yesterday, tomorrow, week, year) and tools that measure time (e.g., clock, calendar). (CAStandard
MG 1.2)
a. Name the days of the week. (CA-Standard MG 1.3)
b. Identify the time (to the nearest hour) of everyday events (e.g., lunch time is 12
o’clock, bedtime is 8 o’clock at night). (CA-Standard MG 1.4)
Geometry
Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones,
cylinders, and spheres).
1. Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of
these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
2. Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
3. Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three-dimensional (“solid”).
Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
4. Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using
informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and
vertices/“corners”) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
5. Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and
drawing shapes.
6. Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, “Can you join these two triangles with full
sides touching to make a rectangle?”