Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

Kindergarten Spring Math Play

This spring we are focusing on reviewing subitizing, oral counting to 20, number sets to 10, skip counting by 2's & 5's, number formation, making a good guess and patterning. The children are also collecting data using different graphs; pictograph, venn diagrams and bar graphs. Here are a few of the activities that they have been enjoying.

1.    Counting Collections - Our shared math resources includes a collection of containers; ice cube trays, milk cups, plates, tart tins, ten frames and muffin tins which I use each Monday morning for counting collections. Now that I have set up my math learning centres for June I keep a small set in the classroom. The children are sorting their objects in groups of 2, 5 or 10 and then counting. They are recording their counting using a sketch and printing the total sum.

2.        Measurement - I reintroduced non-standard measurement using a variety of loose parts. At one learning centre the children explored building a 2D object (see pictured below) then using loose parts to measure, at another centre they were building 3D table towers and measuring with interlocking plastic blocks and at a third table the students used loose parts to measure different lengths of washi tape. I added wood numerals to the centres so that the children could show the number of their measurement.

4.    Symmetry- the children are in love symmetry. We integrated this math concept into our outdoor program and asked the children to design their own symmetrical bug using nature loose parts. The children also have been re-visiting making simple mandalas using loose parts.

3.    SumBlox- the children are building number towers using the task cards and their own ideas. For example on Wednesday Kai chose 13 and built a box with that total using different number combinations. The above photo shows the work in progress.

3.    Number Formation with loose parts- the children are working with number blocks and loose parts to frame the numeral. Then they are using the blocks to sequence the numbers from zero to ten.

4.    Patterns- this month the children are building patterns using prompts to guide their thinking and loose parts on mirrors. 

5. Two for Ten- This is a card game. The children lay out ten cards and choose two cards which total ten or one card which is ten. After they make all the possible matches they lay out ten cards again. They keep playing until all the cards are gone.

6.    Shake and Spill (we are working with the number ten)- Shake and spill ten two sided counters. Sort and count each colour. Use the math talk i.e.: 2 and 8 make 10. We use a paper ten frame for the sorting in the classroom.

7.    Splat- roll out ten balls of play doh. Roll a die and flatten that number of balls. Use the math talk i.e.: 2 and 8 make ten.

8.    Snakes and Ladders- I actually borrowed this game from a colleague and is so easy to set up and play.

9.    Math story retelling -Mouse Count I love this simple math story and have added a retelling board book so that one partner tells the story and while the second partner moves the loose parts. Retelling math stories using loose parts is an excellent opportunity to use stop motion app.

10.    Race to Twenty

11.    Play doh Number Play
11.    Bump (with 2 die)

What math play is happening in your room?


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