Mathematics Curriculum

Elementary Mathematics Information for Families


The Lincoln Public Schools elementary mathematics program is matched to the Nebraska State Math Standards. Grade level content has been designed to ensure students have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills outlined in the 2015 Nebraska College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Click here to visit the Nebraska Department of Education site to read more about Nebraska's Standards.

Why do students have math independent practice?

Independent Practice is an opportunity for students to independently practice the concepts they are learning in math class.

How often will students have math independent practice?

In Kindergarten, students will begin to have math independent practice on a regular basis, but not necessarily every night.
Students in 1st – 5th grade will have math independent practice to do almost every night.

How can families/guardians help with independent practice?

Decide on a consistent place and time for students to work on their independent practice – help build a habit.
Provide encouragement, but don’t take over. It is important that teachers see the student’s thinking (even mistakes) on the assigned page(s). Seeing where students have confusion helps the teacher make decisions about instruction.

How much time should students spend on math independent practice each night?

K-2: 15-20 minutes
3-5: 20-30 minutes

What if it is taking a lot longer than that?

If a student hasn’t finished their math independent practice even after working diligently for more than 20-30 minutes, have them stop. Write a quick note to let the teacher know that they were unable to finish in the allotted time, and have the student turn in what they were able to get through.

Click on a grade level icon to see current family letters, vocabulary, and other resources for students and their helpers at home.

Scroll down to see a summary of topics by grade level.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

1st Semester:
  • Number 1-10
  • 5-Groups in Numbers
  • Teen Numbers
1st Semester:
  • Numbers  through 10
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Place Value and Money
1st Semester:
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Length and Shapes
1st Semester:
  • Basic Multiplications
  • Basic Divisions
  • Multi-digit Addition
  • Multi-digit Subtraction
1st Semester:
  • Place Value and Operations
  • Multiplication with 2-Digit Numbers
  • Division by 1-Digit Numbers
  • Equations and Word Problems
1st Semester:
  • Addition and Subtraction with Fractions and Decimals
  • Multiplication and Division with Fractions
  • Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals
2nd Semester:
  • Teen Numbers
  • Problem Drawings
  • Consolidation of Concepts
2nd Semester:
  • Place Value
  • Comparisons and Data
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Two-Digit Addition
2nd Semester:
  • Subtract 2-Digit Numbers
  • Time, Graphs, and Word Problems
  • 3-Digit Addition and Subtraction
  • Arrays and Equal Shares
2nd Semester:
  • Fractions, Time, and Data
  • Measurement and Fractions
  • Equations and Word Problems
  • Measurement and Geometry
2nd Semester:
  • Measurement
  • Fraction Concepts and Operations
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Geometry
2nd Semester:
  • Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Operations and Word Problems
  • Algebra, Patterns, Data, and Graphs
  • Measurement and Geometry