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Strand: COUNTING AND CARDINALITY (K.CC) Standard K.CC.4.
Strand: COUNTING AND CARDINALITY (K.CC) Standard K.CC.1.
Strand: COUNTING AND CARDINALITY (K.CC) Standard K.CC.3.
Strand: COUNTING AND CARDINALITY (K.CC) Standard K.CC.5.
This activity gives students opportunities to explore numbers and counting.
Connections Numbers (3, 6, 7, etc.) are adjectives. They are and should be used to describe something, to tell how many objects or things there are. When we do not use them in their complete sense, with their complete label, we are not using them correctly. Teachers, and most importantly kindergarten teachers, must insist students speak in complete sentences so students hear and say the number with the label that the number represents.
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.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
Invitation to Learn
Listen carefully! What animal makes this sound? Oink Yes, a pig! Look at the pig Ive 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 wouldnt make a mess of our room? Yes, Id 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.