**Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.**

1st Grade

**Mathematically proficient students in 1st grade:**

In first grade, students realize that doing mathematics involves solving problems and discussing how they solved them.

- Students explain to themselves the meaning of a problem and look for ways to solve it.
- Students may use concrete objects or pictures to help them conceptualize and solve problems.
- They may check their thinking by asking themselves, ―Does this make sense?
- They are willing to try other approaches.