I wanted to follow up with my colleagues who attended the k and k/1 sessions in Langley on Friday. I showed some materials that I then promised to upload to the blog – and then promptly forgot! Here are the files… :)
For those of you who were not in attendance, the idea is simple. Young children need the opportunity to represent number in many ways to truly make sense of it. Our youngest learners need more than most to make sense of the squiggles we call digits by building, comparing, partitioning and learning to subitize amounts to five – and then from 5 through ten. Consider these cards, images and frames for representing number as part of your opening activities, a centre or as meaningful practice following on from a lesson. Students love the chance to roll a die and say how many – and then to build and record what happened! The files are below – and are included in French as well.
PS – Use the “finger cards” to create sets that make five like in the Room on the Broom task, below. Copy the cards, cut them out and then distribute them in pairs so that you know that every child in the room will be able to find their missing part (ie, be sire to hand out a 2 and a 3, a 4 and a 1, and a 5 and a zero…). You might consider NOT using the 5 and zero pairing – seems sort of unkind to leave a child with nothing in front of them!!