Reflection: The First Day of Kindergarten - Scary and Strange? More or Less! - Section 3: Practice

In this lesson, I had students sort pattern blocks.  I like using the pattern blocks for this lesson since they are different shapes and colors.  The students can look for pieces that are exactly the same to sort into groups.  The students do like to build and create designs with the pattern blocks.  During this lesson I did need to talk to several students about making sure that they were sorting and not just playing.  I put some pattern blocks into a tub and added it to our morning center area.  Our morning centers are developmental centers and consist of a variety of items that allow students to practice fine motor and social skills.  Seeing me put the pattern blocks in that area reassured the students that they would be able to "play" with the blocks later if they sorted them now.

Using Pattern Blocks as Sorting Manipulatives
Using Pattern Blocks as Sorting Manipulatives

The First Day of Kindergarten - Scary and Strange? More or Less!

Unit 1: Comparing and Sorting Objects
Lesson 1 of 17

Big Idea: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is a beautiful story about starting school and facing separation. Images from the story can also be used to create a simple math sorting and graphing activity that is perfect for the first day of school!

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Christina Yingling-Smith

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