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Teacher Tools for Interactive Whiteboards. ↓ Skip to Main Content Numbers to Ten on the TenFrame Using a two by five array, the TenFrame supports the use of five as an anchor for early number sense.

Teacher Tools for Interactive Whiteboards

View Teacher Tool View Teacher Tool in Spanish Download Sample Lesson Plan Numbers to Ten on the MathRack Using one, two, or ten wires, the MathRack supports the use of fives, tens, and doubles as anchors for supporting automaticity of View Teacher Tool View Teacher Tool in Spanish Numbers to Twenty on the TenFrame Using multiple two by five arrays, the TenFrame supports the use of fives and tens as anchors for early number sense. Kristen's Kindergarten. I went into school to work today (we are on Spring Break) and to check on the tadpoles.

Kristen's Kindergarten

While I was there I copied A LOT of new pages we will be using to write, glue, and illustrate! I also laminated more than the law allows and brought it all home to cut out. :) Here are some of the new things we will (and have been) using in our Math and Literacy Work Stations. I’m putting the link to where I got them (if there is one) underneath the picture. Literacy Activities. Math Class Mastery. Gearing up for math class is as easy as 1-2-3!

Math Class Mastery

Math Night. Hi, friends!

Math Night

So, our school-wide math night was a huge success. While parents were in 30 minute math classes, our students had a blast with math games and activities throughout the school. We saw about 25 of our 90 1st grade families, which was great! Our half-hour session focused on two main things -explaining the why behind our methods and answering parent questions/concerns. Our families asked great questions - Seeing Struggling Math Learners as ‘Sense Makers,’ Not ‘Mistake Makers’ In discussions of progressive and constructivist teaching practices, math is often the odd subject out.

Seeing Struggling Math Learners as ‘Sense Makers,’ Not ‘Mistake Makers’

Teachers and schools that are capable of creating real-world, contextualized, project-based learning activities in every other area of school often struggle to do the same for mathematics, even as prospective employers and universities put more emphasis on its importance. This struggle may come from a fundamental misunderstanding about the discipline and how it should be taught. That’s the stance David Wees has arrived at after more than 20 years of teaching at many different kinds of schools all over the world. It has taken a long time, but Wees has stopped labeling student work with the word “mistake” and has started paying attention to what he can learn about how students are thinking, based on the work (right or wrong) they produce. In that situation, it’s extremely tempting to tell the student where he or she went “wrong” and move on. Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads. By Sam Gliksman The following is the second of a series of excerpts from Gliksman’s book iPad in Education for Dummies.

Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

We tend to split science and humanities as though they were separate branches of life. But no matter what profession we choose — artist, plumber, historian, or salesman — we all use some form of scientific inquiry in our daily lives. We learn about the world around us through the same vehicles of experimentation, trial, error, and experience. How to Use I CAN Math Games in the Classroom - One Stop Teacher Shop. A teacher’s time in the classroom is so limited nowadays.

How to Use I CAN Math Games in the Classroom - One Stop Teacher Shop

It is becoming more and more important to find resources that fill more than just one need. Yarn Shapes. The students had to make certain shapes using yarn.

Yarn Shapes

We used a piece of yarn for the sides and the students were the vertices. Using "I Can" Charts to Make Learning Visible. I have a confession to make.

Using "I Can" Charts to Make Learning Visible

I have never been the teacher who posted the objective I was teaching on the board. I know that it’s a requirement at many schools, but I have never taught in one of those schools. But recently, with my focus on encouraging students to take more ownership of their own learning, I came to the realization all by myself how powerful the practice can be. Subtraction in Kindergarten. Lazy Saturday. What a great Saturday!

Lazy Saturday

I got up super early (for a Saturday) and went to the Pelican Festival with my Mom and Grandma. This is a yearly tradition that we have done since I was a little girl! I always enjoy all the shopping we do. Number Talks in Kindergarten - The Kindergarten Connection. One of my goals this year was to really focus in on developing a strong number sense in my kindergarten friends. I want them to really grow in their understanding of how numbers work, what they mean, and how they relate to one another and to the world around us. As with most anything, the best way to become stronger at something is to practice!

I wanted a fun, simple way to incorporate more number sense into our day, so this year I am working hard at having daily, meaningful number talks EVERY day! Each day, after the main calendar routine (which is pretty quick- you must keep everything at a good pace in kindergarten or I can promise you, you will lose them to floor rolling and carpet lint picking, just sayin’) we count the items in the “counting cup.” I use a plain container – any jar type item would work. For now, since we are working with numbers 1-20, I line the items up on the windowsill for the students to see the entire amount. Engaging Games for Composing and Decomposing Numbers. After spending several weeks exploring number bonds, this week I’ve been working with my firsties on the combinations for 5.

This has been such a fun week as we used three highly engaging activities to practice combinations. On Friday, I asked the kiddos if they’d ever get tired of playing these games, and they said, “No!” Good thing, since once they master the combinations for 5, we’ll go on to 6-10. Shake and Spill Shake and Spill is such an easy little activity for decomposing numbers, and because it’s a concrete activity, it’s a great starting point. Guided Math Whole Group to Small Group. At the very top of my to do list this summer was a big stack of past year's math lesson plans. I was determined to transform them from the required unfriendly format into a complete set of whole group to small group detailed plans with the busy teacher in mind!

Fun, detailed, teacher friendly, and complete with all lesson materials! I just wrapped up the second unit of these plans and am excited to share! You can catch the post on the first unit here if you missed it. Pattern Block Mats. Gruffalo Themed Shape Animals Inspired by Author Julia Donaldson. Exploring shapes with young children can be such fun when you involve a few animals friends from The Gruffalo. Using playful shapes let's explore the characters in the book created by Julia Donaldson to create Shape Animals. The Gruffalo is a playful story based on an old Chinese folktale of a fox and a tiger. Julia creates an imaginative mouse who walks through the woods making encounters with a few animals that would rather have him for lunch. As he protects himself from the various predators including a fox, owl, snake create shares that he is meeting the Gruffalo. DIY Rekenreks, Take 2. This post is an update to a post I wrote last year.

I have found this version of the DIY rekenrek to be not only easier to make, but also more kid-friendly. Rekenrek translates loosely to calculation rack or arithmetic rack, and it was designed by a Dutch mathematician. The rekenrek is a great visual model for developing a strong sense of 5 and 10, and it supports a strategy-based approach for learning calculations.

There are commercial rekenreks available, but they are a little beyond my budget. Getting Math Work Stations Off the Ground. What's My Number? Differentiating in K-1. In her book How Children Learn Number Concepts, Kathy Richardson devotes an entire chapter to composing and decomposing numbers. Interactive Technology for Number Sense. Color the correct number, the importance of 10 frames and other number sense strategies! Tickled Pink in Primary: Number Sense ~ How to Represent Numbers. Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business: Math Fact Fluency at its BEST! Making SMALL Groups Work to Your Advantage (a freebie to help you!) The Common Core Standards tell us that we need to teach math facts, so that's what we do. What we've found is that it is tricky. It is tricky because all of our kids are learning them at different rates and it becomes so confusing: Which strategy needs more work, which students are ready for more, which students needs a different approach for learning the facts, who doesn't understand reciprocity...and the list goes on.

Counting And Cardinality Lesson For Kindergarten. The Meaning of the Equal Sign. Bloglovin. Why Is It So Hard to Change How We Teach Math? Teaching Strategies. Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success. By Anya Kamenetz, NPR Little children are big news this week, as the White House holds a summit on early childhood education December 10. The President wants every four year old to go to preschool, but the new Congress is unlikely to foot that bill. Calendar in the Primary Grades. Ten Great Ideas for Matching Sets to Numbers from 0-30! (Freebie Alert!) 20+ Counting Games and Activities for Kids. Number Practice & A SALE!! Guided Math in Kindergarten: Mission Possible. How to create a guided math binder. Free Printables: Numbers in Spanish 1-10.

Who in the world am I?!? I now have a math board!!! Number Talks.