Math Empowers Kindergarten

Middletown Township Public Schools

Kindergarten First Trimester 2018 - 2019

Contained in this newsletter you will find some fun, spooky, and thought provoking resources to use in you daily math instruction. First, check out the blog post from Christina Tondevold, "The Recovering Traditionalist" about why you should use number paths instead of number lines to help our kinder friends learn to count. Second, encourage mathematical discourse with some fun and spooky Halloween inspired Which One Doesn't Belong from Mashup Math and Estimation 180 activities. Continue to review shapes with my new favorite Geometric Subitize Cards from Graham Fletcher. Finally, read up about Depth of Knowledge Activities from Robert Kaplinsky and use to differentiate for all learners in your class.

Number Paths vs Number Lines in K-2 Classrooms

In the blog post Number Paths vs Number Lines by Christina Tondevold, she explains why number paths should be used in our K-2 classrooms. "A number path is isolated objects in a path, that allow kids to count things. A number line is a wonderful tool, and you’ve probably seen some of my last posts that are all about the power of number lines, but for our young kiddos, a number line is actually a length-based model. You’re counting the length of something. Our young kids need something to count, not just the length, not a measurement. So a number path helps our kids to see the objects in a line and be able to count individual objects instead of having to count a length, which is weird to have to count for our young kiddos." Click here to visit The Building Math Minds site, to watch her video, read more of the the blog, and download some number paths to use.

Which One Doesn't Belong Halloween

Encourage mathematical discourse in your classroom and add some Halloween fun to your upcoming lessons by using these Halloween 'Which One Doesn't Belong?'(WODB) math warm-up/cool-down activities from Anthony at Mashup Math.com. Click here for Google Slides with the 2 Mashups.

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