One of my favorite subjects in kindergarten is Math!! It always amazes me how little minds work. Does any one else feel this way? Little ones can solve problems in so many ways and sometimes I have no idea how they arrived at the conclusions that they did, but they are spot on!!
So, today let's talk math!! (Just so ya all know, I'd do this with any grade level. I'm just sharing from a kindergarten perspective!)
In my classroom each day we spend part of our day introducing and reviewing common core concepts using my Kindergarten Daily Math units. We also spend part of our day doing an activity called "Math Talk". I've talked about "Math Talk" before, but thought I'd share a little bit about it again, since it is a quick and easy way to tie in some of the standards each day in your classroom!
Basically "Math Talk" is a conversation about a picture. The little ones are using math language during our conversations (after much modeling) and sometimes we even incorporate our comprehension strategies into our discussions. We always begin our conversations talking about what they notice in the pictures. Many times the little people are able to infer something about what they think is going on in the
picture by clues and it is so neat to see how their thinking changes as
they gain more information from their classmates (synthesizing).
One of the standards for kindergarten is to describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to. Using our pictures for "Math Talk" helps us tie this standard into our math time.