Inside a kindergarten classroom with Augustana students

Week 6 of Number Sense

Christmas break was wonderful. I got to spend time with my family and then I went to Jamaica and taught at the Alpha Boys School.Unfortunately, Christmas break is over and it is time to get back to work. My students were all really excited to see me and I was really excited to see them. On Friday my partner and I pulled out each of the students individually and had them count as high as they could so we could update their sticker chart. 2 of the students did really well and counted all the way to 100 without making any mistakes which they could not do previously. The next step for them will be to count to 100 by 10s. 5s. and 2s.  The other students, however, were a little out of practice. One of the girls who has counted to 79 before could not get passed 30. That was a common trend for the kindergartners we worked with not being able to count past 29. My partner and I asked Mrs. C. about it and she said that she wondered about that because the district said that they only need to have their number lines in their classrooms go up to 30, but then the students are supposed to be able to count up to 100 by the end of the year. I guess we will just have to work harder to get the students back up to speed. Really this is something that I will just have to get used to because when I become a teacher I will get students who have gone a whole summer without picking up a book.

After the students returned from their special my partner and I played a game with the students. We cut out rhombuses, rectangles, squares, and trapezoids and put the numbers 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 on them because we noticed when they were counting that they were getting stuck when they had to transition from such numbers as 39 to 40 or from 59 to 60, so we wanted to review counting by 10s with them along with reviewing shapes. Then we played a game that is similar to the game Hullabaloo. We had all the shapes spread out on the floor and we asked the students to spin to a rectangle or to hop to the number 50. The students loved this game and it allowed us to see if they knew what a trapezoid was or what the number 90 looked like. We could tell the difference between the students who were just looking for a certain shape on the floor and when they thought the rhombus they were standing on was a trapezoid.

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