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Number of the day– in kindergarten
17 Feb, 2016. 5 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Math. Posted By: Kristen Smith

number of the day

Two months ago I incorporated a new routine into our day. We call it, “Number Of The Day.” During this time, my students practice decomposing the date. We complete this activity 3 times a week. (M-W-F) To do this, before my students come into the classroom, I prepare bowls for each of them. In these bowls I place the correct number of cubes.

Hands on math activities in a kindergarten classroom-- number of the day

When I first began teaching the routine, I placed everything my students needed at their carpet spot.

Hands on math activities in a kindergarten classroom-- number of the day

My students were very familiar with decomposing numbers and using number bonds so after a brief introduction, it was simple to get started.

On the board, I have magnetic ten frames. My student of the day gets to place the correct number of magnets in the frames as the rest of the class counts. At this time we also discuss how to spell the number, what the number looks like in tally marks, and if it is even or odd. At least twice a week we also make the number in coins.

Kindergarten students practice making the number of the day

The student of the day then writes the first equation on the board. They count the number of red magnets and the number of yellow magnets and write that equation. Then, the rest of the class gets to work figuring out as many combinations as they can come up with to make our number of the day.

Kindergarten students practice making the number of the day

At first we all worked on the carpet.
Kindergarten students practice making the number of the day (this is a great post that explains how to set up this procedure) Kindergarten students practice making the number of the day (this is a great post that explains how to set up this procedure)

Hands on math acitivities in a kindergarten classroom-9

However, now that we have the skill and routine down pat, my students get to work anywhere they want around the room. I also no longer set out their materials at their carpet spots. Instead, all the materials (clipboards, dry erase boards, markers, pencils, bowls of manipulatives, number lines, etc.) are ready on a table so that my students can get right to work after our morning meeting.

Have you ever tried incorporating "the number of the day" in your classroom? This is a great post that explains how this kindergarten teacher set up the procedure

From the pictures you’ll notice that once a week my students fill out a recording page so that their parents can see the different combinations that they are coming up with.

I love how these students make the number of the day in their kindergarten classroom!

They also are getting better at taking a number line to make sure they are writing their numbers correctly. After an allotted amount of time (~8 minutes), my students get to share their equations with their partner.

Kindergarteners share their thinking with their number of the day equations

They also share strategies they used to come up with their equations. This is great because it encourages students to try different strategies and it allows my students to verbalize their thinking.

Kindergarteners share their thinking with their number of the day equations

This has been a great addition to our weekly routine and has helped my students with so many skills:

-decomposing/composing numbers CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.3 CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.NBT.A.1

-addition CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.1

-writing numbers CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.A.3

-number sense CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.4

and many more standards.

My students love it and feel so proud when they come up with different combinations. I love hearing them say things like, “I wrote down 12+5=17 so I’m going to write the flip flop fact 5+12=17, too!” Or “I know that 17 is a ten and 7 more– I’m going to write that combination down!”

I hope that you’ll give it a try!

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  1. I love this idea and want to try it in my classroom. Do you have recording sheet some where to purchase or download? Thanks.

    • Stephanie, this recording sheet is found in my Guided Math pack. I believe this version of it is found in Quarter 1.

  2. Thank you for sharing these ideas. How do you partner the students up? What pack is the recording sheet in? I like the simplicity of the set-up but the big impact it provides for learning

    • Donna, we partner up using a Kagan structure called, “hand up, pair up.” It’s a super simple structure that we use daily in my classroom!! The recording page is found in my Guided Math bundle. I believe that this version is found in Quarter 1. I’m so glad you like it! :)

  3. Barb -

    Love this idea, Kristen. I think I’ll try the same.

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  • I love this idea and want to try it in my classroom. Do you have recording sheet some where to purchase or download? Thanks.

    • Stephanie, this recording sheet is found in my Guided Math pack. I believe this version of it is found in Quarter 1.

  • Thank you for sharing these ideas. How do you partner the students up? What pack is the recording sheet in? I like the simplicity of the set-up but the big impact it provides for learning

    • Donna, we partner up using a Kagan structure called, “hand up, pair up.” It’s a super simple structure that we use daily in my classroom!! The recording page is found in my Guided Math bundle. I believe that this version is found in Quarter 1. I’m so glad you like it! :)

  • Barb -

    Love this idea, Kristen. I think I’ll try the same.

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