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What Goes On During Our Math Block?
7 Nov, 2015. 7 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Math. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Many people often ask me what my classroom looks like during our math block. I thought today I’d give you a brief tour around our room during a typical math block.

The past 2 weeks we have been working hard at decomposing numbers, writing our numbers correctly, addition,  and teen numbers. Our three warm up games this week were:

1.Writing our numbers using a chalkboard.

Kindergarten students practice writing their numbers using a chalkboard

2. Playing the “bank game”

The bank game

(For this game I set up a bank of golden tens and ones across the room. I would give each student a teen number and they had to collect the correct number of beads from the bank. This really encouraged my students to think in terms of tens and ones. I have seen this pay off ten fold in my classroom! I highly encourage you to play this game with your students!)

For this game I set up a bank of golden tens and ones across the room. I would give each student a teen number and they had to collect the correct number of beads from the bank. This really encouraged my students to think in terms of tens and ones. I have seen this pay off ten fold in my classroom! I highly encourage you to play this game with your students!

After they made the number, they counted their beads to make sure they were correct and then wrote it on their clipboard!

3. Make a Number

Students practice making numbers using number cards 0-9

For this game I gave each student a set of number cards from 0-9 and had them put them in order and then create their teen numbers using the numbers.

Kindergarten students practice making their numbers using number cards 0-9

After our brief warm up, we practiced a skill together. One day we worked on decomposing numbers using number bonds and chips.

Kindergarten students decompose numbers using a number bond and chips

Kindergarten students decompose numbers using a number bond and chips

Another game we played this week was “War!” This is always a hit in my classroom. For this game I put my Thanksgiving War cards in a cup and had each student pull out one card and then figure out what their number was. This really helped with 1-1 correspondence, addition, and number sense!

Students play War! to work on 1-1 correspondence, early addition skills, and counting skills Students play War! to work on 1-1 correspondence, early addition skills, and counting skills

Whoever had the largest number got to keep all the cards!

Students play War! to work on 1-1 correspondence, early addition skills, and counting skills November activities for kindergarteners-3

Another game we played this week was matching our scarecrow cards in the sensory table. For this game the scarecrow cards had three different things on them. One set had the numbers 10-19, another set had the matching ten frames for those numbers, and the last set had the expanded notation of the teen numbers.

Kindergarten students work on mastering their teen numbers in a sensory table

My students worked together to find the correct matches and did SO very well with this game!

Kindergarten students work on mastering their teen numbers in a sensory table

While I was playing these games with my small groups, my other students played these games:

“Put the Numbers In Order”

November Math center for kindergarten students: put the numbers 1-30 in order

“Beware of the Bear” (a favorite this week!)

November Math center for kindergarten students: beware of the bear! November Math center for kindergarten students: beware of the bear!

“Cover Your Mat”

November Math center for kindergarten students: cover your work mat November Math center for kindergarten students: cover your work mat!

 and Play Dough Teen Numbers

working on teen numbers is more fun with play dough!

If you are looking for simple lesson plans for your guided math groups, all of these lessons and small group activities are found in my Quarter 2 Kindergarten Guided Math Lesson Plans.

Guided Math For The Year (kinder) Q2.001

If you are looking for engaging math centers that your students can play independently, you can purchase my November Math Bins to get the games found on this blog post.

November Math Centers

Simply click on the pictures to get taken to the products found in my TpT store.

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7 Comments
  1. Would it be possible for you to send me your year’s overview (by week) of what your quarterly units cover?

    I purchased the ” other ” math unit for the year and regret it. Yours looks so much better both visually and in terms if my needs. I think I will just swallow that mistake and purchase yours, but want to make sure it aligns the way I think it will.

    Are all 4 quarters available?

    Thank in advance for your time.

    • Yes! All four quarters are available and in my shop! If you email me, I can send you the weekly overview! Email me at caseybean4@gmail.com so that you can look it over!

  2. Wow! Your activities/games look like so much fun and kids are learnntvatvthecsame time!

  3. Hi, Kristen! I wanted to know how you get the students to understand what to do in the centers. Do you talk about it in a whole group, start from the beginning of the school year with procedures? Do you introduce the different games, etc. one day at a time until they know and can go a full week w/o being reminded? consistently remind? I love all of the math and literacy centers you set up. I think it is so great that there is so much that is hands-on! Love the sensory bin too!! I’m really enjoying your blog…..lots of great ideas! You rock!! :)

    • Thanks Kelly!! I’m so glad that you enjoy my blog! I will do a blog post on how I teach centers! :)

  4. I love your number bond mats! I would love to utilize those, as well! Are those mats available in your November math bins?

    • The number bond mats are found in my Guided Math packs. :) I have seen the work wonders with my kinder students!! They are getting so great at independently decomposing numbers!

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  • Would it be possible for you to send me your year’s overview (by week) of what your quarterly units cover?

    I purchased the ” other ” math unit for the year and regret it. Yours looks so much better both visually and in terms if my needs. I think I will just swallow that mistake and purchase yours, but want to make sure it aligns the way I think it will.

    Are all 4 quarters available?

    Thank in advance for your time.

    • Yes! All four quarters are available and in my shop! If you email me, I can send you the weekly overview! Email me at caseybean4@gmail.com so that you can look it over!

  • Wow! Your activities/games look like so much fun and kids are learnntvatvthecsame time!

  • Hi, Kristen! I wanted to know how you get the students to understand what to do in the centers. Do you talk about it in a whole group, start from the beginning of the school year with procedures? Do you introduce the different games, etc. one day at a time until they know and can go a full week w/o being reminded? consistently remind? I love all of the math and literacy centers you set up. I think it is so great that there is so much that is hands-on! Love the sensory bin too!! I’m really enjoying your blog…..lots of great ideas! You rock!! :)

    • Thanks Kelly!! I’m so glad that you enjoy my blog! I will do a blog post on how I teach centers! :)

  • I love your number bond mats! I would love to utilize those, as well! Are those mats available in your November math bins?

    • The number bond mats are found in my Guided Math packs. :) I have seen the work wonders with my kinder students!! They are getting so great at independently decomposing numbers!

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