In math, students are given opportunities to investigate, predict, and communicate their thinking and reasoning as they learn various mathematical concepts. Connecting math concepts to the real world is something that is encouraged and valued. While students are engaged in their learning they will use many manipulatives, participate in discussions, and perform some paper and pencil tasks. Concepts introduced include numbers, computation, data analysis and statistics, probability, geometry, measurement, and patterns. Although all concepts are important, our focus will be on number sense.
Current research has shown us that there are six levels of understanding mathematics. In the Kindergarten program students will be involved in investigations that will foster and promote these six levels. The six levels are described below:
Intuitive - This is what students come with. It is what they intuitively know and understand about numbers.
Concrete - Students use manipulatives to demonstrate their thinking.
Pictorial - Students create pictures or visuals to demonstrate their thinking.
Abstract - Students use numbers and symbols to demonstrate their thinking.
Application - Students make connections and apply concepts to new situations.
Communication - Students communicate their thinking through words.
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Looking at our current ELT's (essential learning targets)
By the end of Kindergarten, children should be able to:
Understand the concepts of directionality and location of objects
Number and Quantity
Understand the concept of place value for numbers 11-19
Understand that numbers to 10 can be decomposed in more than one way
Understand addition and subtraction equations within 10 using a variety of strategies
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities
Understand the number of objects is the same regardless of arrangement or order in which they were counted
Understand each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger
Understand counting forward beginning from a given number
Understand “more” and “less” when comparing objects
Be skilled at sorting, classifying, and categorizing objects using length and width