Building Your Child’s Mathematical Mind

Subitizing

Math should not be stressful or hard.  I want to make math fun and easy for your child.  This month I want to encourage you to play games that help build your child’s  ability to SUBITIZE.  I know that seems like a weird word, but all it means is, the ability to know how many without counting.

For example, if you hold up 4 fingers on one hand, does your child know it is 4 without having to count each finger?  If so, that is subitizing.  When you are playing with dice and a five gets rolled, does your child know that it is 5 without having to count all the dots?

The ability to tell “how many” without having to count each individual item is a really big key to building your child’s number sense and helping them understand addition and subtraction.  However, even as adults we can’t subitize sets of items that are larger than 5, unless they are arranged in a familiar pattern like dice.  We have been working on this in our number talks everyday and will continue working on this idea throughout the rest of the school year. I wanted to send home some fun and easy things you can do with your child so that they see math, and subitizing, outside of school.

  1. When giving your child a group of things at snack time, give them the items and say how many they are getting.  For example, give them 3 crackers and say, “Here, you get 3 crackers.  This is 3 crackers.”  This way they start to see numbers are connected to a group of objects.
  2. Fast Finger Flash – hold up a number of fingers and then hide it behind your back.  Ask them if they could tell how many fingers you were holding up. After they get good at doing it with only fingers on one hand, move to showing fingers using both hands so they can practice subitizing up to 10.   Later, mix up how you show them the numbers on your fingers. For example, don’t just show 7 fingers by using 5 and 2. show 4 on one hand and 3 on the other.
  3. Play the old card game of “war.” Split a deck of cards in half, you get half and your child gets the other half.  Each person flips over one of their cards, whoever has the most on their card wins.  You can also play that whoever has the least on their card wins.  Most of the time, try to encourage your child not to count to tell how many, instead just look at the cards and tell who has more and who has less. You can also do this with dice. 

Thank you for all that you do to help your children learn at home! 🙂

Week 24 Pictures

This week’s CHAMP Award winners!

Our class won the GOLDEN FORK at the CHAMPS ASSEMBLY! This is a pretty big deal, because it means that we were the best behaved all week long in the cafeteria. We also get to hang the fork on our classroom door all week long!

Subtraction Smash with Playdough! The kiddos fill a ten frame with playdough balls. Then, roll a number and they have to smash that many. Afterwards, they have to write a subtraction number sentence showing the difference.

The Valentine’s Party was a BLAST! The kids had so much fun playing games , decorating cupcakes, and having a photo shoot! Thank you to all who helped!

SIght Word Fluency PowerPoint I referenced in my previous post.

Our AWESOME Candy Heart Science Experiment! We had a cup of vinegar, Dr. Pepper, and just plain water. We predicted what we thought would happen after dropping a candy heart in each. We found out that the candy hearts would sink straight to the bottom in the water and the vinegar. However, in the Dr. Pepper, we found out that they would sink to the bottom, fizz a bunch and them pop up to the top! Of course, EVERY kiddo had to do it! It was sooo fun!

The kiddos predicted how many candy hearts would fit in the heart on their paper. Then, they had to count the actual number that fit.

This was a fun game. I would flash words at them. If they knew the word, they got to eat a marshmallow!

Candy Heart Graphing

Sight Word Parking Lot Game

Our last week’s CHAMP Award winners 🙂

Week 25

 

Well, after a nice, long weekend, we are ready to get back to learning tomorrow!

Here is a snip of what we will be learning this week:

Sight Words: Review

-I made a little sight word powerpoint where the kiddos have to holler out the sight word that they see. Also, after every five words there is an exercise they have to do! It’s so fun! I’ll post some pictures here in a bit of them doing it!

Morning Message:

Tuesday: Jen the Hen Book (-en words)

Wednesday: Posy the Pig Book (-ig words)

Thursday: To Sleep, Count Sheep Book (words with -ee)

Reading Skills: We are going to be continuing our Non Fiction research this week. The kiddos will be finding facts from texts read aloud to them about different animals.

*Some other reading skills we will be practicing include what to do with our voice when we see different punctuation marks while reading. We will also review how to solve tricky words.

Reading Anchors: Fiction/Non Fiction, Punctuation Chart, Solving Tricky Words

Big Books/Shared Reading: Non Fiction Texts

-Polar Animals

-Spiders

-Butterflies

Interactive Writing: The class and I will continue writing about our Non Fiction animals that we are researching! We will continue to work collaboratively in groups to complete a research project over an animal they are interested in.

*Writing Skills: Staying focused, capitalization and punctuation, locating facts in texts

Writing Anchors: Reviewing: What Gets a Capital? and Writers Don’t Say…. (We have been referencing these two anchors EVERYDAY.), Punctuation Practice

Independent Writing: Non Fiction

Poems: EEKK

Things we focus on with our weekly poems:

-Rhyming Words

-Capital Letters

-Punctuation

-Sight Words

-Fluency (reading smoothly, not like a robot, and sounding like we talk)

-Word Chunks etc…

Penmanship: Numbers

Math Centers: This week, we are switching things up a bit. Instead of doing literacy centers during our guided reading block, we will be doing Math Centers! I will still be meeting with guided reading groups during this time, though. We are doing this in order to squeeze math into the morning block so we can focus on our research in the afternoon!

Here are the centers:

-Bump (one more, one less, make ten)

-Osmo (IPAD)- Numbers

-Technology-Math Games

-MIMIO: Fly Away Subtraction

-Magnetic Numbers/Objects

-Addition Pop!

-Addition File Folder Games

-Subtraction Bowling

-Math Journaling

Math Anchors: Reviewing: Some and Some More, Some and Some went Away

Number Talks: (We will do our number talks during our number corner time in the mornings)

-Quick Images

-Dot Cards

-Subitizing Cards

Science: Non Fiction Research Projects Continued

Have an AWESOME week!

Week 24

 

Hey Everyone!

We have a super, fun week ahead. Don’t forget that Tuesday is our Valentine’s Party! It will start at 11:00. If you are helping in any way please arrive by 10:30 to help set up! Also, don’t forget to send your kiddo with Valentine Cards for the class! Thank you for everything you all do!

Here is a peek of what we will be learning this week:

Sight Words: have (fun little chant that goes with this word to the tune of WE WILL ROCK YOU!)

Morning Message: cvc words, -ing words, plurals with s, plurals with es

Reading Skills: We will be working with Non Fiction this week. We will look at the parts of non fiction books such as the glossary, table of contents, etc….The kiddos will also begin their own research!

Reading Anchors: Fiction/Non Fiction

Big Books/Shared Reading: Non Fiction Texts

-Sharks

-Frogs

-Snakes

-Giraffes

Interactive Writing: The class and I will be writing about our Non Fiction animals that we are researching! This week the kiddos will work collaboratively in groups to complete a research project over an animal they are interested in.

*Writing Skills: Staying focused, capitalization and punctuation, locating facts in texts

Writing Anchors: Reviewing: What Gets a Capital? and Writers Don’t Say…. (We have been referencing these two anchors EVERYDAY.)

Independent Writing: Non Fiction

Poems: I Have a Little Frog, President’s Day, and It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Things we focus on with our weekly poems:

-Rhyming Words

-Capital Letters

-Punctuation

-Sight Words

-Word Chunks etc…

Penmanship: Numbers

Literacy Centers:

ABC: OSMO Words (IPAD GAME)

Word Work: cvc words (stretching the word out and placing the correct letters in the boxes to spell the word)

Writing: Fabulous Facts Writing (about their animal)

Technology: Kindergarten Symbaloo Site/Ipads/PebbleGo for Research

Pocket Chart: Locating the -ing words in the poem It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Art: Valentine Frog Craft/George Washington Craft

Big Books/Reading: MIMIO: Digraph Sorting

Listening Center: Valentine QR Code Books/Character Activity

Poetry: Fuzzy Wuzzy/Other hanging poems

Skill: Locating different things such as rhyming words, chunks, punctuation and capital letters, sight words, etc….

Math: Number Sense/Addition/Subtraction

Mimio: Quick Images

Math Anchors: Reviewing: Some and Some More, Some and Some went Away

Investigations: Unit 4

-3.1 Racing Bears (collect ten)

-3.2 Story Problems

-3.3 One More, One Fewer

Number Talks:

-Number Strings

-Dot Cards

-Subitizing Cards

Classroom Routines:

-Do you like strawberries?

-What’s Missing?

Math Centers:

-Addition File Folder 1

-Addition File Folder 2

-Bump: one more

-Bump: one less

-Bump: Make Ten

-Counting with Playdough

-War: Who has more/less

-Addition Games

-Roll and Write

-Snowman Number Match

Math Journals:

-addition

-draw less

-measuring

-count and paste

Small Group Math:

-shake and spill

-number order

-memory

Science: President’s Day Activities

brainpopjr: George Washington

brainpopjr: Abraham Lincoln

George Washington Craft

I can’t wait to see everyone on Tuesday! Have a great Monday!

Week 23 Pictures

Here are some pictures from this past week! The research project ones are kind of out of order, but if you start at the bottom of the post and work your way up, they should be somewhat in order! The kiddos will start to research different animals in their own small groups this week! Have a great week!

The kiddos LOVE our sight word parking lot games we do. I say a sight word and they have to drive their car into the space containing that word.

Math: I flashed a ten frame and the kiddos had to reproduce what they thought they saw!

Our finished project!

We also learned that cheetahs live in grassy areas called savannas.

We learned that cheetahs eat antelope.

Fabulous Facts we found off of PebbleGo.com

We started off by making a list of animals we were interested in. Then narrowed it down a couple of times until we chose cheetahs.

We started studying Non Fiction this week. The kiddos LOVED researching!

More Week 22 Pictures :)

Roll and Record Math Game
The kiddos roll 2 dice and have to write the sum of what they rolled. We had a great time differentiating this activity. Instead of just writing the numeral, some of the kiddos decided to write the number in many different ways as you will see in the other pictures! Some of them drew objects, tally marks, dice, etc… I was so proud of them.

Our 100th Day of School Certificates! I forgot to give them out on the actual 100th day, so we had fun doing it on the 101st day! Ha!

We read The Day it Rained Hearts By: Felicia Bond, and then created number sentences to go with our raining hearts craft! They are super adorable!

She traded in 20 tickets to eat with me! Out of all the coupons she could have chosen, she picked her teacher! I was just as excited as she was!

Sorting Digraphs

Creating Our “I Love You to Pieces” Placemats for the Valentine Party!

Building Words Using Magnetic Letters

Number of the Day Math Journals. The kiddos not only write the numerals of numbers, but they write it in many different ways (word, tallies, ten frame, objects, dice, etc…)!

What We Are Learning This Week:

I hope everyone has had an INCREDIBLE weekend with their families!

Last week was great and BUSY for the KINDERPILLARS!!! We had the 100th day of school, Groundhog Day, and TPRI Reading Testing! It was still a FUN time though!

Here is a little look into what we will be focusing on this week:

Sight Words: of, was

Morning Message: middle sounds, cvc words (stretching them out), Editing sentences for capitalization/punctuation, and -ine word family (fine, swine, nine, line, etc….)

Reading Skills: Inferring/Predicting. These two sort of go hand and hand. When you predict something in a book, you can usually figure out if you were right or wrong at the end. When you make inferences, the answer is never told to you. You just have to use clues from the story.

Reading Anchors: Inferring, Reviewing Questioning

Big Books/Shared Reading:

I Went Walking By: Sue Williams (predicting with farm animals and using the pictures)

The Little Mouse,The Red, Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear By: Don and Audrey Wood (Inferring feelings). Question to ponder: Who is telling the story?

NO David! By: David Shannon (Making inferences on why David is being told no.)

Chester’s Way By: Kevin Henkes (Inferring Emotions)

Interactive Writing: Last week, we focused on narrowing down a topic to write about and actually ONLY writing about that topic. The kiddos did a really good job! This week I am going to continue finding a “focus” to write about while doing Non-Fiction Topics. For example, we will make a list of animals that we are curious about and then narrow it down to one topic (Ex. Sharks). We will complete a KWL Chart, Research Facts on PebbleGo.com, Write down some interesting facts, and write about their diet and habitat! The following week the kiddos will be working in groups to pick their very own animal to research and complete their own!

*We are also starting a WEE Deliver Program at our school where the kiddos from different classes can write letters to one another. I will spend Monday introducing the parts of a letter and model writing a letter to Mrs. Koonce. From there, my sweet students will be allowed to start writing letters! This is such a fun thing!

*Writing Skills: Staying focused, capitalization and punctuation! We will edit each time we write looking for anything that needs to be capitalized or for missing punctuation (that I will be purposefully leaving out 🙂 )!

Writing Anchors: Reviewing: What Gets a Capital? and Writers Don’t Say….

Independent Writing: Letters/Non-Free Writing (staying focused)

Poems: Fuzzy Wuzzy, I Like Hearts, Nine Fine Swine

Things we focus on with our weekly poems:

-Rhyming Words

-Capital Letters

-Punctuation

-Sight Words

-Word Chunks etc…

Penmanship: 0-P/Numbers

Literacy Centers:

ABC: Sight Word Reading/Building with Magnetic Letters

Afterwards, they can use the word in a sentence by writing it on a whiteboard.

Word Work: cvc words (putting the picture together and then writing the word in the boxes). For example, if it is the word cat, they will find the onset /c/ and match it to the rime /at/ then write it in the boxes.

Writing: I Love….

Technology: Kindergarten Symbaloo Site/Ipads/PebbleGo for Research

Pocket Chart: Create a Sentence (animal themed) and then write the sentence.

Art: Decorating Valentine Party Bags (thanks to everyone who brought items to decorate them with!)/Owl Always Love You Craft

Big Books/Reading: MIMIO: Sight Word Pop and then writing the sight word (Our mimio has been acting up so we weren’t able to complete this center last week. We are crossing our fingers that it is working this week!)

Listening Center: Valentine QR Code Books/Character Activity

Poetry: 100th Day of School/Other hanging poems

Skill: Locating different things such as rhyming words, chunks, punctuation and capital letters, sight words, etc….

Guided Reading: We will start fresh with reading in our groups this week!

Math: Number Sense/Addition/Subtraction

Brainpopjr: Basic Subtraction and Making Ten

Mimio:

Math Anchors: Making 5 and Making 10.. then writing the number addition sentences that go with, Some and Some More, Some and Some went Away

Investigations: Unit 4

-2.5 Quick Images: Ten Frames

-3.1 Racing Bears (collect ten)

Number Talks:

-Number Strings

-Dot Cards

-Subitizing Cards

Classroom Routines:

-5 cubes

-What’s Missing

-Make What You See

Math Games/Activities to Introduce:

-Subtraction Smash using Playdough

-Subtraction Bowling

-Make Ten Bump

-Counting with Playdough Mats

Math Centers:

-Flashcard Addition

-Winter Dice Number Roll and Write

-Number Sense Snowflakes (Addition)

-Snowman Match

-BUMP (1 more and 1 Less)

-Which is More? Which is Less?

-Make It (A child flashes a card with dots, then the other student has to make it)

Math Journals:

-Less Than

-Problem Solving

-Number Order

Science: Non Fiction Research Continued from Interactive Writing.

The 100th Day of School

Showing our sweet friend some love on his last day! We will miss you so much!

Making our trail mix… each child got to put 10 of each 10 things in their bag to total 100 pieces

Sweet Friends

Showing off our 100th day trail mix

We put 100 Fruit Loops on a 100s chart and then made necklaces!

Granny Wingo even came to visit us! 🙂

 

Today was the 100th day of school, and I have to say, it was AWESOME! The kids had soooo much fun! I hope you enjoy all of the pictures!