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Math In September
20 Sep, 2015. 5 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Autumn, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Math, Math. Posted By: Kristen Smith

This week we continued our Forest Inquiry. My students are absolutely loving learning about forests, leaves, trees, and forest animals. To bring our math standards to life, I incorporated our theme into many of our math centers and activities.

To practice our numbers with quantities, my students are using these beautiful Waldorf flashcards and acorns.

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As they complete this work they are also determining if the number is odd or even.

Another center that practices the same skill is our “tower building” center.

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Another skill we are working on is number writing. I made a batch of cinnamon play dough (always a hit!!) for my students to use on our number play dough mats.

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My students are also completing a page of their Autumn Number Book each day.

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We are also working on sorting objects. I bought plastic leaves at Hobby Lobby and my students are loving using them at our sorting center. IMG_0364 IMG_0363

At our “real life math” center, my students are truly diving into some authentic math conversations. One of my favorite moments this week was at this center. This boy and girl were practicing using our balance.

Boy: “Look! It’s balanced!”

Girl: “It is, let’s check the triangle. Yup! It is!”

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Boy: “Let’s write the equation.”

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Boy: “4+4… what’s 4+4?”

Girl: “We can count the cubes!”

Together, “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8” “8! 4+4=8!”

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This was such a sweet representation of all that we have been working on in class. We are working on documenting our learning and diving deep into our activities. I love that I was able to observe this sweet moment of authentic math!

During our Guided Math lessons, we have been working on learning our 2D shapes. To do this, we have been making them out of modeling clay and my Spielgaben sticks.

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We also worked on making 2D shapes out of other shapes. This was a huge hit and was a center that my students chose often during “Exploratory Centers” in the afternoon.

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During exploratory centers, some of my students created this!

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I love that my students are proud of their creations and want me to document them so that we can put them in their portfolios. After I print out the pictures, I confer with my students who created the works and then scribe their thought process in their portfolios. This is a great way for students to remember what they were doing and it also reminds them to work with purpose and intent.

Next week we will continue to work on 2D shapes, writing our numbers 1-9, odd and even, and addition.

If you are interested in these activities, the lessons are found in my Guided Math pack (for kindergarten) and the autumn extensions are found in this pack:

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You can find my Guided Math Pack here. (quarter 1)

You can find the Supplemental Number Pack here. 

 

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5 Comments
  1. So much fun in your room, Kristin! I love the hands-on experience you give your children with everything they learn!

  2. Kristen, I love reading your blogs and seeing all the activities you do with your class. I also teach in a small Christian school in New Jersey. I am hoping to make some changes in my class to add STEM activities and more “hands on.” Thanks so much for sharing! Sara

  3. I love all your ideas for math activities. Is your “build a tower with cubes” in your guided math pack? I would like to do this activity with my students next week.

  4. Is your tower and cube activity in your math pack?

    • No, it is in my Autumn numbers pack. :) Thanks for asking!

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  • So much fun in your room, Kristin! I love the hands-on experience you give your children with everything they learn!

  • Kristen, I love reading your blogs and seeing all the activities you do with your class. I also teach in a small Christian school in New Jersey. I am hoping to make some changes in my class to add STEM activities and more “hands on.” Thanks so much for sharing! Sara

  • I love all your ideas for math activities. Is your “build a tower with cubes” in your guided math pack? I would like to do this activity with my students next week.

  • Is your tower and cube activity in your math pack?

    • No, it is in my Autumn numbers pack. :) Thanks for asking!

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