Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Eight Friends! Exploring the Number Eight - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


This lesson really reinforces one-to-one correspondence.  It was great to observe the students' growth in the use of one-to-one counting skills when placing their fish in the fishbowls.  I heard and saw lots of counting as the students placed the fish in the bowls.  It was also interesting to observe the strategies the students used to place their fish in the fishbowls.  Some students counted the stickers before they stuck them on.  I actually had one little boy who counted the stickers he needed and then got out his scissors to cut a section of eight.  Another student placed the stickers in a row in the fishbowl so they were easier to count.  Yet, another student counted the stickers on the strip to determine if he could just divide the strip in half to fill the fish bowls.  Wow!!  What problem solving! 

It is obvious our efforts to build one-to-one correspondence are paying off.  The students have really done well counting items in a scatter pattern.  I often get asked why I am not having them put the stickers in a ten-frame, etc.  It is important that they establish one-to-one correspondence with a scatter pattern before they tackle more advanced concepts like place value.  As a colleague of mine always says, "Go slow to go fast!"  She is absolutely right!

  Counting Fish
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Counting Fish
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Eight Friends! Exploring the Number Eight

Unit 1: Exploring Numbers 0-10
Lesson 9 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to identify the number eight, identify groups with eight objects and represent the number eight.

Big Idea: Many kindergarteners come to school with rote counting skills, but they often do not understand that the numbers they can recite actually represent quantities. This lesson helps to make that connection.

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