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Kindergarten Math Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten math can be divided into various domains, each with specific standards and related deliverables. Here’s a table outlining these domains, standards, and deliverables:

Counting and CardinalityKnow number names and the count sequence– Count to 100 by ones and tens
– Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
– Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20
Count to tell the number of objects– Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
– 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– Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group
– Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
Operations and AlgebraicUnderstand addition as putting together and adding to, and under- stand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.– Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings2, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations
– Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10
– Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way
– For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number
– Fluently add and subtract within 5
Number and Operations in Base TenWork with numbers 11–19 to gain foundations for place value– Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones
Measurement and DataDescribe and compare measurable attributes– Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight.

– Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
– 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.
Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category– Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count
GeometryIdentify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres)– 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.
– Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
– Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three- dimensional (“solid”).
Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes– Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts and other attributes
– Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
– Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes

This table provides an overview of the Common Core framework for Kindergarten math and the expected deliverables for each standard. Note that specific details and additional sub-points may vary depending on the curriculum and resources provided by each state or school district.

Last Updated: March 2023