*really*tell you how many more make 10? We can know 2+3=5 but truly understanding that 2 is a part and 3 is the other and only once they are put together they are 5. Or, how about this one…that thirteen is 10 and 3 not a 1 and 3. I also admit that I am NOT a master math whiz…but I listen to my kids and I learn from them! I could quote you again…you know that a great teacher teachers from the heart, not a book π A math book does not know MY kids, but no fear because WE know them just fine! I wanted to share this video with you of a few math routines/activities from my classroom! They are raw so you’ll hear normal kid chatting, kids correcting other kids for not sitting on the carpet and more! After you watch the video I’ll explain each part!

*See snap shots of the partners in action below! Notice…just with a couple of shots you see both students fully engaged on the sheet…you see them pointing and touching to what they are discussing.*

-Meet at carpet with partners

-Oral Counting with partners

-Number Sense {one more/one less} {Making Ten}

-Fluency Activity {Roll One more, Ten Frames in a Snap, etc} – -Leave carpet with partners

-Meet back at carpet with partners

-Main lesson focus for the day {whole-group}

-Explore the new lesson with partners –Leave carpet

-Meet back at carpet for explanation of independent practice

-Work on independent practice sheet with partners –Leave carpet

You can see we leave the carpet SEVERAL times! I have found that this increases their stamina. If you have my KinderMath unit that is where I get all of my number sense/fluency activities! If you don’t have it…you can click below to view the unit. It is a GROWING packet which means I will continue to add lessons as the year progresses π

This first one is has a funky beat…just the song don’t show the image on the video?!?! HA!

And you of course have to do some ballet…

I also love having the kids turn and talk about other things that have nothing to do with school! It is important that they enjoy their time with their partners…I have them share their favorite foods, what animal they would like to be, etc.

I would LOVE to hear how your talking math in your classroom…until next time….

Mrs. Lyons says

I want to do this! Thanks for sharing

Anonymous says

A few questions:

1. How long is your math block (for the math routines mentioned above)? If possible, could you break down how long each activity normally takes for you? Do you do separate math tubs with students as well (aside from whole group and partner practice as mentioned above)?

2. I may have missed this- but are students picking their partners, or do you pre-assign? If you pre-assign, do they keep their partners all year long?

This is great! Math is my week area. I feel like I just got into this sweet spot with literacy. Math is my new focus now! So looking forward to more math tidbits from you. π

Anonymous says

Hi there! My math block is an hour each day…what I mentioned above takes about 50 minutes and math tubs are at the end of the math block. As you noticed I move pretty quickly through the routines, etc. When I send the kids back to work with their partners on the activity I give them from 7-10 minutes. I pre-assign my groups! I have it most successful to group a high with a medium-high, and a below level student with a lower-on level. Due to all that I pick the partners! π So exciting to hear that you have found your path in literacy!!! π

Leslie atKindergartenWorks says

Great tips Tara – love seeing kids talking about math. It's what they need to be doing in order to write about math {{someday}} down the line. Happy Thanksgiving!

-LeslieTeachJunkie.com | KindergartenWorks.com

Christer says

I had to grow in teaching Math as well. And I found out that even though I don't like Math personally, I do enjoy teaching it. Math Talk was something that I worked hard to instill last year, along with Math small groups. When I finally implemented the small groups (I didn't start until end of 2nd quarter), I felt bad because I realized the value in them! I felt like I had robbed the kiddos. But we kept rolling along and that love for teaching Math grew and grew. So I share your excitement about teaching Math!

Sheri Ryan says

I know this might sound silly but what do you do if someone's partner is off school for the day or even a week. Do they join another partnership or do they work solo? I love this idea just want to work out those little kinks π

Thanks Sheri.

Anonymous says

Hey there! When someone is gone or we have an uneven number we make a triangle or a group of three! π The kids know to quickly make a triangle if their partner is absent!

Shari Copeland says

Incredible. I wish I could observe in person! Definitely going to implement a few of these.