Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Counting Fun

Counting is a skill that may seem very simple, but in kindergarten, our math standards revolving around counting ask a lot of us!  We have ten different Counting and Cardinality Standards to meet ranging from counting forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1), representing a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20, and understanding the relationship between numbers and quantities.  It is important that kindergartners master these standards in order to build upon these skills in future math units and years to come.

In order to create fun ways of meeting the numerous counting standards, I try to give students the opportunity to cooperate with each other, move around the room, and make some choices in their learning.  Today, we got to do all of this at once!  The activity began with students paired up with partners they could work with and learn from.  Then, they each got a bin and a number.  They needed to work with their partner to find a certain number of objects to put in the bin.  After they counted the correct number of objects and double checked with their partner, they placed the bin in the room with a letter label.  Once the students finished creating these stations while developing their understanding of the relationship between numbers and quantities, they were ready to begin.

Students reviewed how to cooperate with their partner through the use of Rally Coach.  Each pair only needs one paper and one pencil.  They take turns completing the task while the other partner coaches them through the task.  We became really good at coaching our partner in how to form the numbers correctly (not backwards) without just doing it for them.  As we rotated throughout the stations in the room, we found that we became experts at representing a number of objects with a written numeral.  Not only did we work toward many math standards during this activity, we also collaborated with our classmates to learn from each other!

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