Reflection: Routines and Procedures Emery the Elephant: Exploring the Number 11 - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


As educators, we often like to make more work for ourselves than necessary.  We work so hard to create lessons that are more creative and exciting than the last.  I believe that a lot of that energy could be put to better use in a kindergarten classroom.

Kindergarteners need structure.   In planning lessons, it is often a better approach to take a familiar lesson structure and switch out the content.   This allows the kindergarteners to know exactly what is going to happen in the lesson and use their cognitive resources to master the concepts being presented instead of trying to predict what might happen next in the lesson.  For my lessons introducing numbers, I followed a very similar structure for each lesson.  The students knew exactly when to move during the lesson and what would be happening next.  This allowed them to really focus on the concept.  By switching out the story characters and independent practice activities, the students were still excited and engaged throughout the lesson.

I am not suggesting that all lessons should be structured exactly the same.  I am just suggesting that replicating some routines within lessons will really allows students to feel in control of their learning. 

  Emery the Elephant-Exploring the Number 11
  Routines and Procedures: Emery the Elephant-Exploring the Number 11
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Emery the Elephant: Exploring the Number 11

Unit 3: Exploring Numbers 11-20
Lesson 1 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to identify, count and represent the number 11.

Big Idea: Students will have fun exploring the number 12 with Emery the Elephant!

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Critical Area, SIOP, ELL, counting, Number Sense
  45 minutes
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