Lower Elementary (K-2) Posts

Place Value: More or Less

Place Value: More or Less

Got place value basics? Great! Now, let’s apply those concepts as we go deeper into place value with the idea of more and less!

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Conservation Milestones: Conservation to 20

Conservation Milestones: Conservation to 20

As our numeracy talks start to lean towards actual number talks, let’s look at conservation to 20! Conservation to 20 numeracy talks are appropriate towards the end of the kindergarten year (the last two or three months). In 1st grade, we would start conservation to...

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Conservation Milestones: Conservation to 10

Conservation Milestones: Conservation to 10

First grade is a big year - the transition from numeracy to number talks!  Beginning in PreK, we assess the kinesthetic level of our PreK students and begin to work on conservation to 5. In Kindergarten, we want to work with any students that need kinesthetic...

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Conservation Milestones: Conservation to Five

Conservation Milestones: Conservation to Five

Numeracy development is key at the beginning of the year! Within the first three weeks of starting school, whether you are a PreK or Kindergarten teachers, we want to find out where students are within their early math levels so you can plan for the rest of the year,...

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Back to School: 3 Tips for Math in the Time of COVID

Back to School: 3 Tips for Math in the Time of COVID

To say “back to school” will look a little different this year, might be an understatement! Across the country, schools are working with a tornado of different ideas and plans, some of which have yet to be solidified even today!

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Visual Models for Problem Solving in 1st Grade

Visual Models for Problem Solving in 1st Grade

As students enter 1st grade, they continue to work on math comprehension using early structures, like the Kindergarten journal we introduced last week, but now we begin to add visual models to the mix! Let’s recap a child’s...

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Solving Word Problems in Kindergarten

Solving Word Problems in Kindergarten

From real objects in the physical world, to quantitative pictures, to story mats and acting out problems, each step in the developmental journey takes our littles closer to confidence in the word problem solving process. Each step is important so that we help them...

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