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 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!

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.

Lesson Plans

 

Hey Everyone1

Last week was a great week in the Kinderpillar Room! I will be posting pictures here in a bit!

Below is a list of things we will be going over this week!

Sight Words: saw

Morning Message: initial, middle, and final sounds in cvc words/Digraphs/Blends (We always focus on several other things such as chunking, punctuation/capitalization etc…)

Big Books: Valentines Books (My favorite one I always read to my kiddos is The Day it Rained Hearts! We will also do a little craft/math activity to go with that one!

Interactive Writing: This week I am going to mix up interactive writing and writer’s workshop a little bit. I really want to start at the beginning of the writing process and model how to pick something to write about. Within these lessons I plan to include how to pick a focus point in our writing and just write about that. As I model, I am going to show the students how to listen for initial sounds in words. For example, if I want to write the sentence: My little girl had a party. I would model sounding out the beginning sound of the words and not worry about the rest. I would still write it the correct way. My goal is to get the kiddos past asking, “Mrs. Stagner, how do you spell _______?” I want them to write what they hear! If they want to write: I can read a book, it is okay with me if it looks like: “I can r a b.” Can you tell I’m a little passionate about this?! 🙂

During interactive we will continue Alliteration (Ex. Jolly Jimmy jumped joyfully!)

Poems: 100th Day Poem/Groundhog Day

Things we focus on with our weekly poems:

-Rhyming Words

-Capital Letters

-Punctuation

-Sight Words

-Word Chunks etc…

Reading Skills: Inferencing/Asking and Responding to questions about texts read aloud

Reading Anchors: Things We Wonder anchors which includes predictions/story elements also.

Writing: Love is……/Independent Writing (picking a focus)

Writing Skill Focus: Capital letters in appropriate places and spacing between words.

Writing Anchors: What Gets a Capital? Reviewing: Spaghetti and Meatball Spacing and Writers Dont’s Say….

Penmanship: L-N/Numbers

Literacy Centers:

ABC: Digraph Clothespin Match

Word Work: Use magnetic letters to make the words: are, what, here, because, saw and then write them correctly.

Writing: Cut Apart Sentences

Technology: Kindergarten Symbaloo Site/Ipads

Pocket Chart: Digraph Picture Sort

Art: I Love You to Pieces Craft

Big Books/Reading: MIMIO: Beginning Sounds CVC Words

Listening Center: Winter QR Code Books/Setting Activity

Poetry: Happy Birthday/Locating different things such as rhyming words, chunks, punctuation and capital letters.

Guided Reading: I will start the week by completing the TPRI (Texas Public Reading Inventory) on each individual student. We do this test 3 times a year and this will be the 2nd time. I will not be able to meet with reading groups this week until I get this test completed. However, I will let them choose a book that is on their level to bring home. Keep in mind, they will not have read with me in small group. I am hoping to knock the testing out by Tuesday, so I can get back to teaching small group reading on Wednesday!

Math: Number Sense/Problem Solving

Skills: 1 more/1 less, Comparing, Counting, Addition

Brainpopjr: Comparing Numbers

Mimio: Problem Solving

Math Anchors: Reviewing Comparing Sets of Numbers

Investigations: Unit 4

-2.4 Roll and Record 2

-2.5 Quick Images: Ten Frames

Games: Introducing BUMP (one more/one less)

Number Talks:

-Number Strings

-Dot Cards

-What Do You See? How Do You See It?

Classroom Routines:

-Do you drink milk?

-Do you have a little sister?

-5 cubes

-What’s Missing

Math Centers:

-Flashcard Addition

-Snowmen Number Order

-Snowmen Number Order with cotton balls

-Measuring with Snowflakes

-Winter Dice Number Roll and Write

-Number Sense Snowflakes

-Snowman Match

-Shake and Spill

-BUMP

Math Journals:

-20 Frames

-Problem Solving

-Less Than..

Science: Groundhog Day

-Predicting: Will the groundhog see his shadow? Discuss results.

-Groundhog poem/books

What Are We Learning?

 

Last week was a little crazy, to say the least! We had no school Monday, and I had a sick kiddo Tuesday and was not at school on Friday! We had a very short week in the Kinderpillar Room, but we are going to start back strong and ready to go on Monday!

Here is a little peak at what we will be going over this week (Keep in mind, several things have been carried over from last week, that we were not able to get to!):

Sight Words: are, yes (new songs and chants for these!)

Big Books: Winter Stories (This will be our last week of winter themed shared reading stories)

Interactive Writing: Acrostic Poems, Other Poetry Writing, Alliteration (Ex. Jolly Jimmy jumped joyfully!)

Poems: Happy Birthay and Penguin, Penguin

Things we focus on with our weekly poems:

-Rhyming Words

-Capital Letters

-Punctuation

-Sight Words

-Word Chunks etc…

Reading Skills: Inferencing, Reviewing Digraphs (ch, sh, wh, th, ph), Blends (Ex. Cl, st, sw, etc…)

Reading Anchors: Digraphs, Blends, Reviewing: Questioning Anchor

Writing: Continue/Complete our winter stories/How to Build a Snowman (using transition words (first, next, after that, finally)

Writing Skill Focus: Capital letters in appropriate places and spacing between words.

Writing Anchors: What Gets a Capital? Reviewing: Spaghetti and Meatball Spacing and Writers Dont’s Say….

Penmanship: H-k/Numbers

Literacy Centers:

ABC: Word Families (-at, -et, -ug, -an)

Word Work: Digraphs (th, sh, ch)

Writing: Cut Apart Sentences

Technology: Kindergarten Symbaloo Site/Ipads

Pocket Chart: What word is missing in the sentence?

Art: Shaving Cream/Glue Mixture Snowman Art

Big Books/Reading: MIMIO: Syllables/Compound Words

Listening Center: Winter QR Code Books/Setting Activity

Poetry: Guess What?

Guided Reading: The kinderpillars are continuing to become better readers everyday! I am so proud of how they are all trying so hard in their reading groups. One thing we really work hard on in our groups is using “what we know” to help us in our reading!

Math: Number Sense

Skills: 1 more/1 less, Comparing, Counting, Addition

Math Anchors: Make 6, Reviewing Comparing Sets of Numbers

Investigations: Unit 4

-Measuring Different Shoe Lengths

-Grab and Count

-Collect 10

Number Talks:

-Number Strings

-Dot Cards

-What Do You See? How Do You See It?

Classroom Routines:

-Count Around the Circle

-How many girls and boys?

-Would you rather be a butterfly or a fish?

Math Centers:

-Flashcard Addition

-Snowmen Number Order

-Snowmen Number Order with cotton balls

-Measuring with Snowflakes

-Winter Dice Number Roll and Write

-Number Sense Snowflakes

-Snowman Match

-Shake and Spill

Science: Rocks

-Looking at Rock Collection with magnifying glasses

-Rock Hunt then sort the rocks by size, shape, color, texture

Morning Message: Digraphs, Middle Sounds, Blends

Tuesday

Parents,

I have a sick little kiddo at home, so I had to leave school earlier this morning. The Kinderpillars will not be bringing home new readers today due to me not being there! We will start back fresh together tomorrow!

Learning This Week Includes….

 

I hope everyone enjoyed their nice, long weekend!

Here is what we will be learning on this short week:

Sight Words: because (nice to know word), what

Morning Message: Final Sounds, Word Families (-at, -et, -an, -ug), Digraphs, Syllables

Number Corner: Calendar Activities/Counting Practice (forwards and backwards), comparing #s (more than, less than, equal to), 1 less and 1 more than a given #

Big Books: The Hat and other winter themed books

Interactive: How to Build a Snowman

Poem: Guess What?

Reading: Inferencing Skills/Story Elements/Retelling

anchors: Things we wonder… (the hat), Digraphs, Question Words

Writing: Winter Story- We will be finishing up our winter stories this week and begin writing How to Build a Snowman stories incorporating transition words (first, next, then, after that, last, etc.)

Review what writers do: Think, Draw, Label, Write

Anchors: Review: What gets a capital?, Why writers write, and introduce Writers don’t say….

Math:

-Review: Comparing Numbers (I have a great song for this!)

-more than, less than, equal to

-1 more, 1 less

-number order

-Addition Number Sentences

-Measurement-We will be measuring our shoes this week!

Number Talks:

-What Do you Notice?

-Using illustrations to come up with addition sentences Ex. 2+3=5 or 2+2+1=5

-Number Strings

-Dot Cards

Investigations: Unit 4

-1.1 Measuring Our Shoes

-1.2 Measuring Different Shoe Lengths

-1.3 Measuring with Markers

Centers:

-Flashcard Addition w/unifix cubes

-Snowmen # Order

-Snowman # Toss w/ten frame

-Snowmen #s with cotton balls

-Geoboard shape making

-Snowflake Addition

-Measuring w/snowflakes

-Winter Dice Number Roll and Write

-Number Sense Snowflakes (comparing)

Small Math Groups: Shake and Spill, 3d Shapes Book, Addition, Comparing #s

Math Journal:

-Count by Tens

-Shade in the numbers that are less than 5

-Measuring w/cubes

-Problem Solving

Classroom Routines:

-Count Around the Circle

-Do you Have a little brother?

-Comparing Objects

Penmanship: F-H/Numbers

Literacy Centers:

ABC Center: Creating sight words in library pockets using popsicle sticks/Build It Sight Word Activity

Word Work: What Rhymes with Hat

Writing Center: Describe your Hat

Technology: Symbaloo Literacy Games Ipads: Literacy Games

Pocket Chart: Compound Words

Poetry: Friends

Library/Listening: QR code Winter Book Reading/Favorite Character/checkout a book from library and return old book from book box.

Lightbulb: Word Work Activities (Digraphs, Initial/Final Sounds)

Reading: What Characters are in the Hat?/Mimio-Syllables

Art: Decorate a hat with tissue paper and write your favorite character from The Hat on it.

Science/Social Studies: Rocks

-comparing, sorting by size, shape and color

-looking at them through magnifying glasses

-brainpopjr: Rocks and Minerals

*We will also go on a rock hunt during recess in order to start a fun rock collection for our class! 🙂

Guided Reading: Each group is on a different level so the skills vary as to what I teach or focus on each day. Some examples that I try and work with on all groups are things like making connections as they read, inferencing- what do you think is going to happen from what we just read or by looking at the illustration, story elements, word attack skills/reading strategies, phonics skills, etc…. the list goes on…..

Have an AWESOME Tuesday!

Mrs. Stagner