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We are exploring 2D and 3D shapes. Polydrons are great mathematical materials because we are able to design attributes with faces, vertices and bases! Lots of new math language appears though our ability to share and reflect on what we notice.
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This afternoon we explored a new App, Top It! It helped us add numbers and then identify which ones were greater. Click here to find it at the App Store!
Longer, Shorter or The Same?
This afternoon we explored some measuring concepts; shorter, longer and the same. We used non standard materials to help us learn how to create things that are longer and shorter.
Creating Number Trees!
We are practicing writing our numbers to 100! We are identifying patterns and making predictions too!
Apples: How They Help Us Subitzie and Build Strong Hand Muscles!
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Shoes: What Do You Notice?
Today we counted our collection of unifix cubes for the month of January. We found many different ways to represent our total. When we represent numbers more than 1 way, we call this Multiple Representation. This is one of the Math Habits of Mind that we are exploring.
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Making Mathematical Connections!
Blocks are really fun and easy to create with. What do you notice here?
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We have been busy creating and designing patterns using a variety of manipulatives. We are also looking at patterns in nature. This idea was shared with us through our Kindergarten friends in Virginia. We connect through Skype each week to share what we are learning about!
Mathematicians make observations so they can sort. Today in Kindergarten we explored a mathematical dyad and took Private Reasoning Time to think about the ways we could sort our pumpkins. We came up with the following ways; sort by color, carved and not carved, light and no light, same carved smile or not and light or dark.
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Creating and Recognizing Patterns!
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A child this afternoon created something he called;"Counting Order". Foam dice are great! Lots of mathematical possibilities here for children to explore.
Writing Our Numbers
This morning we learned "How To" write the numbers 1,2 and 3! Our SMARTboard is great for us to practice on. Be sure to ask your child about the rhymes we learned for each number!
How Many Of Us Like Books?
This morning the children put a variety of numbers in order from the smallest to the largest and the largest to the smallest. Then the children sorted the numbers into piles of odd and even numbers. The iPads were great to use to help us write our numbers and also write numbers that come before and after each other.
Creating A Bar Graph!
The children had a wonderful experience with Lucky Charms this week. We shared 1 large box of the cereal. The children sorted the oats and the marshmellows. Afterwards we sorted the marshmellows by their type. Then we created a large graph sharing our discoveries about the charms. The children glued the charms in columns in ten frames. This made it easy to visualize the number of each type of charm. Then after we counted the charms, the children represented the number of charms by writing the number and then we created tally marks for each number too. This was a great way to show how we use the MHOM(math habit of mind) Multiple Representations!
What Is A Venn Diagram?
This afternoon Mrs. Bianchi visited Kindergarten. She introduced another way of representing our thinking when we sort our sea creatures. We talked a lot about the different attributes and how we would sort sea creatures that would fit into both circles of our Venn Diagram. Lots of wonderful math discourse happening. Be sure to ask your child about what we did.
Word Problems With Sea Creatures!
The children created habitats for their sea creatures this week. During our math workshop time we had an opportunity to sort all our sea creatures focusing on the many different ways we could sort them. We discovered over a dozen ways we could sort them! As young mathematicians we are spending time observing and identifying the many different attributes that the sea creatures have. With the help of our math coordinator, Mrs. Bianchi we will begin to create word problems, mathematical stories about the sea creatures next week. This is a great example of how we represent our mathematical ideas and share what we observe and notice.
A Great Video of Children Sharing Their Mathematical Thinking!
What Do You Do With A 100 Grid?
This morning the children did a wonderful job putting numerals 0-21 in counting order! We talked about how counting order is the way we count! Our colored counting charts look great! We will be bringing them home to share this week.
Using Technological Tools To Enhance Thinking!
Mrs. Schaw Visits Kindergarten!