Math in the Elementary Classroom
Are you curious what math skills you should be teaching in kindergarten? Or are you constantly on the hunt for activities and resources to help your students improve their first grade math skills? Check out these blog posts about teaching math in your elementary classroom!
Kids learn A LOT in the 180 days they spend with you. If you teach kindergarten, I would argue they learn more than most grade levels (at least in elementary school). With all that new knowledge, it is important for students to review the skills over the summer to prepare for first grade. Summer review will help them be better prepared for the next school year and keep their minds active during the summer.
If you’re looking for an engaging way to review concepts with your kindergarten or first grade students, why not try playing some fun review games? Review games can help keep students engaged while they practice and reinforce the material they’ve learned. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
I like to introduce ordinal numbers by getting the whole class involved. You can do this in many ways. Choose to have students line up by tallest to shortest, shortest to tallest, in order of birthdate, etc. Then have students count off from first to last in ordinal numbers. You can also create quick no-prep games.
Classroom centers organization and storage are things you want to consider when setting up your centers. I promise it will save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run. So, what is the most useful way to store your kindergarten or first grade centers? ...
Look at a few ways to display your center rotations and download the FREE cards to create your center rotation chart. While this was designed to go along with my City Centers System™, you can apply these ideas to any centers.
I’m super excited to share some information about the new City Centers System. But first, let me give you a little background info. Over the years, I’ve gotten the most compliments from my friends and family about my organization and planning skills.
If you look at kindergarten math centers through a student’s eyes, you’ll see fun activities that are a nice break from learning. BUT we really know that these hands-on, engaging activities are where some of your students will learn the most.
Do you know how much instruction time you lose during the day? Do you know where that time is being eaten up? Likely you are losing about five minutes every time you transition – unless you are using that time wisely. When I noticed this problem in my classroom, I quickly pivoted and found ways to make my classroom transitions more efficient.
Math can be a challenging subject for many students, and as a teacher, it can be challenging to plan and implement a successful math block. However, with careful planning and preparation, you can create a positive and productive math block that engages your students and helps them learn.
Daily spiral review is a highly effective method of reinforcing previously learned skills in students. When students practice skills repeatedly, they build automaticity and confidence in their abilities. Spiral review can be implemented in many ways, but one of the most popular approaches is through math journals.
You may have tried math journals or interactive math notebooks in the past or you may even be using them now… but you’re finding they are just not sustainable with everything else you must get done during the day. The solution is easy – pre-made math journals.
Pattern blocks can be found in most elementary classrooms today, but they have been around for a long time. They were developed by Edward Prenowitz, in 1963, at the Education Development Center. The set of six colored geometric shapes were designed as a fun learning through play way to help students make sense of math using manipulatives.
Graphing is an important tool to help students understand information. Creating graphs gives students an opportunity to practice counting, sorting, and organizing to compare and analyze data. Graphs also help students learn how to use the information to answer questions and solve problems. Digital graphing offers an interactive alternative to traditional class charts or graphing worksheets.