Kindergarten Third Quarter
Need A Little Inspiration? Or is it Patience?
If you haven’t seen Dan Meyer’s TED TALK about math education today, he can inspire you for a year of intentional teaching in ten minutes! It is possibly even more provoking as a parent. Dan Meyer simply and humorously explains why as teachers we must , “Ask the shortest question you can” and “Let students build the problem.” Children are not the only ones who learn better when they are motivated. Most adults will admit we could be more patient problem solvers. Let’s challenge our littlest problem solvers to learn more patience with mathematics by motivating them with the 3 Act Cookie Monster problem ! This BEST OF THE BEST activity from Graham Fletcher (gfletchy.com) uses counters for mathematical modeling and meets standards 1.NBT.1, 1.NBT.4 learners to solve problems, there are also links to BEST of the BEST interactive games for building understanding and practicing new skills ... for example::
Finding the Math in Storybooks for Young Children
Young Mathematicians Show Their Work
Great game for students to practice making 10
Another great math center game courtesy of Math Coach's Corner. Engage students in conversation about their strategies for picking and using numbers to make ten. By doing this, you can formatively asses their knowledge of the part-part-whole relationships of the numbers that make 10.