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Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

Dominique (2nd Grade)

Recommended # of Players: 2 - 4

Spatial Reasoning and Logic: Dominique gives children the opportunity to use their spatial reasoning and strategy. The players must evaluate the arrangement of colored dots on their cards and decide which card to place and where to place it to maximize the amount of points they will receive. They must consider every possible row of dots (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal) that connects to the cards they place.

Addition: There is a substantial amount of addition in this game. Children must add up the points from each turn as well as the points from each turn to the end of the game. To keep score, players can either keep a running total by recording earned points at the end of each turn and adding it to the previous score with paper and pencil. Or, they can add the total at the end of the game by only writing down the number of points scored in each round.

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Dominique circles #1

Dominique: Circles #1

Dominique circles #2

Dominique: Circles #2

Dominique rules

Dominique: Rules

Dominique notes

Dominique: Notes

Standards Addressed: 


Counting and Cardinality

Know number names and the count sequence.

  • K.CC.1. Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
  • K.CC.2. Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
  • K.CC.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).

Compare numbers

  • K.CC.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.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

  • K.OA.1. Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
  • K.OA.5. Fluently add and subtract within 5.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

  • K.NBT.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 (such as 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

Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.

  • K.MD.3. Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.


Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres).

  • K.G.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.

First Grade

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Add and subtract within 20.

  • 1.OA.5. Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).
  • 1.OA.6. Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13)

Number and Operations in Base Ten

Extend the counting sequence.

  • 1.NBT.1. Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.

Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

  • 1.NBT.4. Add within 100, including adding a two-digit number and a one-digit number, and adding a two-digit number and a multiple of 10, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used. Understand that in adding two-digit numbers, one adds tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose a ten.

Second Grade

Add and subtract within 20.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • 2.OA.2. Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.