Math Empowers Kindergarten

Middletown Township Public Schools

Kindergarten: Second Trimester: 2017-2018

Composing Numbers: More Practice for Chapters 5 & 6

Directly link the idea of addition and subtraction to prior knowledge of number parts by continuing to use shake and spill games during your center time.

EASILY DIFFERENTIATE for the most struggling and the most advanced learners with this simple activity!


  • LEVEL to each learner by selecting the most appropriate # of counters in their cup.
  • LEVEL UP and work with DOUBLES FACTS by writing a little 2 on a bunch of counters and letting students work with doubles to 20!
  • LEVEL UP by giving students plastic dimes in their cups! (gradually learning how to transfer ways of making 10 into ways of making 100 while reinforcing coin amounts)
  • LEVEL UP the most advanced students by giving them plastic nickels in their cups! GAME ON!

Speaking of games, here is a Winter Olympics Shake & Spill with bar model recording sheets and recording sheets with the equal sign first.

Number Talks: A Simple yet Sophisticated way to Develop Number Sense in your Kindergartners!

Number sense is the ability to interact with numbers flexibly and conceptually. Building and strengthening number sense is crucial to making important connections within math at all levels. Kindergarten might seem young to discuss sophisticated strategies and number properties, but NOW is when incredible and long-lasting ideas (and misconceptions) about numbers are forming... every day! Now is the time to inspire curiosity and reflective thinking in our little ones!


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Growth Mindset with ClassDojo

Interested in motivating your students to adopt a growth mindset? ClassDojo and Stanford's PERTS Research Center teamed up to create the the first season of The Mojo Show. The five-episode video series (along with a few incredible activities) highlight the power of having a growth mindset, and how any student can learn this skill!


Click here to view a great starting activity called "Your brain is like a muscle."


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  • Read Carol Dweck’s “The Perils and Promises of Praise” article here.

    • The wrong kind of praise creates self defeating behavior.

    • The right kind of praise motivates students to learn.

    • When students believe that they can develop their intelligence, they focus on doing just that.

Math Instruction Resource Document

Be sure to explore the Math Instruction Resource Document while planning lessons. Over 100 new links were added last year!

Check out all the resources for Chapter 5 including...

  • Marble Math (GoMath! 5.2)
  • Dinosaur Numberline (GoMath! 5.3)
  • Addition Gum Ball (GoMath! 5.7)

Don't forget the PARCC FORMATIVE TASKS ADDITION and SUBTRACTION STORIES. Find it under the curriculum and instruction tab on the Cybrary or there is a link for the task on the Instructional Resource Document.

Questions, concerns, resources to share? Contact:

Rose Scullion

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

Ocean Avenue Elementary School