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Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
Kindergarten teachers are the first math teacher students ever have and therefore the most important math teacher! Kindergarten teachers set the foundation that all math concepts are then built upon. We cannot afford or allow sloppy, incomplete, or hurried foundations to be built!
Kindergarten students need to be taught and allowed to explore “numbers.” They need to see that the quantity (the number) gets larger and smaller depending on how many items are being counted because that is what numbers do. Just because a student can count to ten does not mean they fully understand numbers.
Rote counting does not mean a child has the understanding and skill to count objects. It is so important for teachers to give children opportunities to practice one-to-one-correspondence.
“Pigs in the Pen” allows students to become conscious of the
importance of the label. It also enables them to realize how many objects
they are counting and what the numbers actually represent.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Listen carefully! What animal makes this sound? “Oink” Yes, a pig! Look at the pig I’ve brought with me today. What if it was real? What would it do? Yes, it would run all over the room. What would I need so it wouldn’t make a mess of our room? Yes, I’d need a pen.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Commission on Standards for School Mathematics. (1989). Curriculum and evaluation standards for school mathematics, Reston, VA
The NCTM is finding that students are failing to see the relationship between mathematics learned in school and real-life situations. They stress the importance of using realistic contexts and applications, as well as concrete pictorial models when teaching math concepts.
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