Blocks are an essential part of any early childhood experience, whether in a classroom or at home.
I go into hundreds of classrooms a year, and I find the kindergarten classrooms to be the most interesting.
Once students have a solid conceptual understanding of equivalent fractions and comparing fractions, the next thing we want to work on is helping kids add and subtract fractions, whether with common or uncommon denominators.
There are a variety of manipulatives that can be used for fractions.
The popular topic for PD sessions this spring? Fractions!
I love listening to kids and their math reasoning when you give them an opportunity to tell you how they think! They have masterful minds. I love the ways they come up with to tell you how their brain is thinking, and even if they aren’t sure how their brain is thinking, they tell you in their cute five-year-old way!
Kids can look at a digit and recognize it as an 8, but they often don’t understand what’s behind the digit. Yes, the symbol means 8, but 8 could be 4 and 4, or 5 and 3, or 6 and 2. In some countries, they teach letters last and the sounds first. If the student doesn’t know what sound the K makes, there’s no point in looking at the symbol and knowing its name. The same is true of math.
We have all been there…trying to get students to develop one-to-one correspondence with concrete objects. You have a pile of counters ready on your table.”Watch how I do it,” you say. “1, 2, 3, 4.” And with great patience, you carefully move one counter at a time from one side of the table to the other.
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