Well it is finally my turn as I wrap up the year and start packing up my classroom. I feel honored to have the opportunity to discuss this chapter with the blogging community I have grown to love and respect so much.
A big shout out to Deedee Wills since this was her vision and I hope this meets her expectations. Maybe this book will help us to bring more joy into our classrooms.
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Get some coffee (diet soda) , new printer ink for the downloads, and send the hubby out with the kiddos.
This chapter is big and I hope it gives you some ideas to take back to school in the Fall.
Here are my rambling thoughts on the key points in this chapter and there were so many.
Beginning Number Concepts:
Beginning number concepts are crucial and lay the groundwork for all mathematical understandings.
This involves more than rote counting or the ability to identify symbols. (Don't you love the parent that tells you their child is great at numbers because they can count to 10, without any help?)
How do we help our children with one-one correspondence, conservation of number, and number sense?
1. We need to provide lots of experiences with numbers in a variety of settings (large group, small group, or independently at MWS with a partner.)
Another whole group activity I use for a quick whole group warm-up: I practice recognizing and ordering numbers from 1-10 by having kids wear these around their neck and putting themselves in order and saying,
"My number is ___." Hey, now I realize I need to make another set with dots so they cna order themselves and pair-up.) I can't wait to watch this!
I am also the queen of routine cards such as I have... Who has...? The kids love this and put them in a pocket chart as we read them. TIP: Everyone gets a card to keep them engaged!
Tell me some of the strategies you use.
2. What do these stations look like?
Debbie gives us lots of examples of this and reminds us to use what we already have in an organized,differentiated manner- storing materials in a numbered container. It's time to clean out the math closet!
Great Idea: "I Can" Chart: I love this idea and will implement it next year using photos to keep kids on task.
Remember to lead the kids to create these with you so you have real buy in.
This is great for behavior management and is a better option than screaming!
What strategies do you have for crowd control?
I have a laminated flow map with classroom procedures in pictures for students to use when working independently. Now I realize it needs to be more explicit.
Beginning Number Concepts: Check out your own grade level but she was "spot-on" about kindergarten. Does her list represent your standards? I would eliminate those that do not since I have such limited time. However, I could do better with some of these and I will work on buffing up some of these stations or reinventing them to make them more interesting.
For comparing numbers to 10 I give kids individual number cards and they build their number with unifix cubes and compare their tower to the partner next to them. They have to say something like "I have 6 cubes and David has 2. My tower is bigger. My number is more." David might say, "My number is less." This builds their academic vocabulary and is great "math talk." I need to have our kids practice this orally all the time.
Do you encourage "math talk?" How? I want to hear from teachers who work with second language learners.
What the kids do at these stations: What do these stations look like in your room? she reminds us that kids need to count for a purpose (applause). Some good tips: (keep pieces in baggy), limit how many manipulatives you give children, and remember to differentiate for different ability levels. How can you differentiate? Obviously you can do this with a range of response sheets. Store them in zilplocks and label them so kids understand what to use ( red dot: easy yellow dot: average, and green: most complex) I will work on this more. Directions could be more or less demanding too. What are your thoughts?
She mentions a variety of ways to teach deeper understandings of numberquantity- good suggestions.
I made circle maps for kinder teachers to use later in the year to check their understandings (cut and paste style). Firsties can start the year using these (good assement of number knowledge). So to keep you invested I have these. Get them right here.
With them I have provided "math talk'" cards kindergarten students should be able to read themselves, fairly early in the year. Is this getting better? Take a break and text a friend or play Angry Birds on your ipad.
Remember these? Now you can have them. Thanks for sticking with me through this ridiculously long posting. Download and enjoy these.
Station Ideas: offers concrete suggestions for differentiation (Did your light bulb go on like mine?) Now I see what she really means by this!
- Board Games you already have (dust them off0 that require counting / differentiate with more difficult number cube pr spinner with more and less. Wow, so obvious but not to me. So addthis to your station to make it more challenging (duh).
Didn't you love this idea? I though it was so clever and worth teaching as a whole group activity, practice in small groups, and let them use it as part of a station. Maybe I am starting to get this.
Okay coffee break time. If you are bored just download all the freebies and go out shopping. Retail therapy rocks! Otherwise there is more to come. Remember, I warned you so don't gripe.
Memory or Go Fish Games: Here is where I think you can create cards based on the theme in your classroom. I have a download for you but I also made a mat so your kids could work in a controlled space. Kinderkids need this to be successful. Yup, you guessed it- another download with directions. Here is your copy.
- Comparing Games: My kids love using decks of cards (It starts to look like Vegas in my room) to play games and Debbie also reminds us to use numeral cards you already have as well as dominoes. She mentions ten grid cards which I found on-line. These look like a great addition to the mix.
- Graphing Activities: Again this is a big favorite with five year olds where you sort "stuff" which I like to store in little cloth bags (Brighton Jewelry bags are perfect) Raid your child's room for little plastic animals, small toys- all the junk you are dying to throw away! The dollars stores have tons of this stuff. Warning -you might have to do a pocket check at the end of the day (LOL). You can even use coins for graphing and sorting. Ms. Diller offers more possibilities for math talk cards to support this activity and I bet an " I Can " chart would keep them from just playing with the junk! Right?
What do you like to use? Hint: Check your old Math Their Way manuals for ideas.
Surveys: Talk about authentic data collections. I use to do and now I am going back and adding it to my morning opening. Here's another opportunity to connect to your current themeand for ELL's your questions will help to build their background of knowledge and academic language (those tests are around the corner0.
Want a cute download for this? Download it here.
Counting Books: Okay, I confess that I will be dragging these out of the closet and making an attempt to get them in the hands of kids. Students should make their own counting books too- great addition to writing center Remember to teach them how to create these You could make dictionaries with number words and store in page protectors to use with them.
Are you interested in this? If you want a copy of this Take a look at this here. Try these with your kiddos.
Big Books: I have not made math big books but I have many that I have created for our ELA program using repetitive text. Now my brain is humming... Does anyone want to create these and post them on their blog? Debbie suggests making these authentic through the use of photos. The kids decide on the objects to compare. Great idea but no time right now...I will put this on my "to do" list that is growing by leaps and bounds. Get out the digital camera. Problem: Do you create new books each year? Here is another opportunity to use repetitive text and sight words you want your students to learn.
Ordinal Numbers: I loved the idea of using this for retelling a story. I do this verbally all the time with a Flow Map . I never thought about matching to ordinal numbers- can put right under the map. Love it when you blend math and reading together.
Practice With Writing Numbers: Confession: I do not take enough time to do this in a structured and consistent manner. My time is so limited that this tends to get neglected. A good strategy for practice is to have the kids use wipe-off boards. So, you guessed it. I am sharing a number book I make every year and spiral bind so it lasts over time. Want it? Here it is but it's big!
- We roll dice and graph numbers too. Kids never get tired of this. Remember to use playdough for making numbers and the kids can put it right on top of laminated cards. Use the ol' snake rolling technique.Sounds like fun.
- What activities for number writing practice do your kids like?
- Check out the list of suggested materials to teach number concepts and be sure to check out the Picture Glossary
- Remember to label manipulatives and store them in separate containers (this will cost you millions).
- CHANGE THESE OUT TO KEEP THINGS INTERESTING!
Model: before you release the little darlings to work at these stations or you will be sorry and anyhow,
who wants yo scream like a nut at young children? Nope, you can not skip this and it might need to be repeated numerous times. When the children are not using materials in a meaningful way you need to go back and model what you expect.
Use anchor charts generated by the children to deepen their understandings and to scaffold their learning.
This is a fantastic strategy for English Language learners.
Problem Solving: Interesting section with great suggestions for open ended strategies.
Here are some counting mats to use for such activities.