Saturday, November 14, 2015

More and Less!

Hey Kinder Friends,
It is fair to say we have spent a great bit of time building a solid foundation for comparing numbers so far this year in Kindergarten. That time has been well spent as the kids have not only grasped the concept quickly but they have been able to apply that understanding to greater quantities much sooner than expected. As I was looking over their assessment data I could clearly see it was time to move my focus in other areas. The formative data also clearly showed that it was time for some of our comparing activities to move into an independent practice phase. As I was deciding on what to put in our independent boxes, I started thinking of what we already had on hand. 
Most of us have Roll a Dice games. I know I have one for every single season because kids love them and you can easily change the counting quantities by adding more dice. Considering we had so many I wanted to change the focus for these Roll a Dice games because we all can count and create quantities to 20. So we started playing our Roll a Dice games with a less, equal or more twist. 
I think my favorite part of this change has been just listening to the math talk as they play and set up the game. I can hear the children using the math vocabulary as they work and I hear it multiple times. With a simple checklist I can listen and record any misunderstandings or make any notes to consider when planning. We use game boards that require 1, 2 or 3 dice and Unifix cubes in two different colors to play. We determine if we are playing to win with more or less before the game starts. When the board is filled, the children create towers, count and compare to determine who won the game. 
Yes, it is that simple to take what one was used for just simple counting and use it for something with a little bit different focus. If you need more games just click on the image above to find out more. These are great partner games and perfect for sub tubs. You can make a set for your sub tub and leave instructions! What sub wouldn't love that?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Flashlight Friday Math Edition!

Hey Kinder Friends,
It has been a long week of laughter and learning and we are moving right along. I am so lucky this year that I have a class full of kids that love the Math Workshop. There isn't anything they are not willing to try and work through no matter their ability. I have a group full of math leaders that love to help clarify anything for anyone. I must admit, it makes it fun. We have had a few Flashlight Fridays and it did not take long for someone to mention Flashlight Friday...math edition. I could not resist. It sounded like fun. So, I created a Number PowerPoint Show so that we could have Flashlight Friday and practice some important skills too. We identify numbers from 0-20 in order and randomly, we count forward and back. All skills we have to master! Why not have a little fun while working towards our goals? Just download and play and you are on your way! Not to mention, this is perfect for a sub day. Keep working on your goals while you have to be out!
After we practice the glow from the slide show helps us with a little bit of glowing light. And the best part about Flashlight Friday is that it is so peaceful and calm and...quiet. That light and some flashlights to share with a buddy and buddy reading counting books takes on a whole new dimension. Add some glowing spider rings and we are giddy with excitement! 
Add some glow in the dark dice and some counting games and you are off to a great start! The kids tell me it's a hit. So, what are you doing for Flashlight Friday? Drop me a line! 


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