Common Core State Standards outline the skills students must have to be proficient. Math is a fun subject to teach to the Common Core, because there are a myriad of resources out there that support the instruction. This week’s Learnist feature is about elementary math Common Cores. Kids love math games–they love the tangible feeling of manipulatives, and they love seeing the reality of numbers. There are so many platforms and activities that reinforce this. First-grade teacher Carrie Sorensen provides us with some great ways to see this.
You don’t usually think “algebraic thinking” when looking at a second grader, but the process for teaching math is leading students to more complex operations. Make sure you are hitting the key elements of instruction with this board.
Second graders have to be able to group numbers into hundreds, tens, and ones. This learnboard helps with that. Students must learn to identify the groups, understanding how the units fit into the whole.
This board helps with instruction in first grade Common Cores involving numbers and operations in base 10. They must be able to count to 120, differentiate greater than or less than, and compare numbers.
Students in kindergarten have to count to twenty with objects, understanding that numbers represent objects.
Counting to 100 is a big deal. Kindergarteners need to be able to count both by ones and tens to be proficient in this standard. In addition to counting, they must understand that the words understand successively larger quantities. Here are some resources.
This standard builds on counting standards by addressing the understanding of quantity. Understanding that words represent order and quantity is an abstract skill that kindergarteners must master.
Breaking down numbers is an interesting skill for kindergarteners. When they discover that there are many ways to make the quantity of five, for example, it opens the door for creativity in math.
Math and literacy have been united in recent days. Word problems at an age-appropriate level begin to get students comfortable with integrated curricula, as well as using listening skills to pull out essential information.
They can do it–add and subtract up to the number five. If you give them candy and money, they can probably go much higher, but this board takes you to the required number five in a fun and engaging way.
I remember drawing teeth in the greater than and less than symbol to make an alligator that chomped toward the greater number. This board shows tips, tricks, and games that help teach number comparison for the kindergarten Common Core.
About The Author: Carrie Sorensen teaches at the Highlander Charter School in Providence, Rhode Island, in a blended classroom. She is active in the EdTech community in Rhode Island, and designing many excellent elementary Common Core resources for Learnist.