As we finish up our first week of school, our kindergarten & 1st grade friends spent some time getting to know each other using math. Kindergarten wrote their names, cut them apart, and glued them back together. Kindergarten counted the letters in their name and shared it with the rest of the class.
In 1st grade we’ve been learning about addition strategies so the 1st graders used what they’ve learned to share about themselves to the rest of the class. The activity can be found over at First Grade Smiles.
As Halloween is just around the corner we have started several Halloween math centers with topics that we’ve been learning throughout the past few weeks. We’ve worked on number recognition with an “I See” Halloween Book. Students counted the Halloween pictures wrote the number and copied the sentence. They loved making these books because these words were easily recognizable to them!
We listened to the poem 5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate and then students make their own pumpkins sitting on a gate with play-doh and matching number cards.
At the beginning of the year we learned about making patterns and as a refresher and spiral review, students made and completed Halloween shape patterns.
Yesterday we learned about ten-frames and how to count and add to ten using candy corn as our counters. Students were able to manipulate the candy corn on the smart board to get other classmates to guess the number.
Today we worked on decomposing the number four. We used green triangle pattern blocks to be used as jack-o-lantern teeth. We put those teeth in different positions on the pumpkin and created addition sentences. Students learned that no matter how often the position of the teeth changed, the whole group always remained 4.
To finish off our spring unit we read The Grouchy Ladybug. Since both Kindergarten and 1st Grade have been learning about time, we created a book on “Telling Time with the Grouchy Ladybug”, and made a sequence poster that showed what animals the grouchy ladybug wanted to fight at what time. We also made ladybug paper plates with fact family story problems.
We have been learning quite a bit in math this past month! In Kindergarten we’ve been learning how to measure using standard / non-standard units. First grade we have been working on Geometry learning about symmetry, congruence, and making bigger shapes using smaller shapes.
As a spiral review our K-1 All-Stars have also been completing centers reviewing their addition and subtraction facts. Kindergarteners were allowed to use counting bears to help them with the concepts.