Reflection: Lesson Planning Greedy Gordy Goes on a Diet - Learning About Less - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment

 

The math series that I worked with for the past few years combined the topics of more and less into one lesson.  I decided it was important for my students to really have a conceptual understanding of both more and less, so I broke the lesson into two parts.  Overall, the students did a great job with the previous lesson on "more".  "Less" was a little more difficult for the students to grasp.  We are very conditioned to look for "more".  So much so, that we ignore "less". During the independent practice, I did have some students reverting back to more.  With some quick guidance they got back on track.  I thought back to the way I used to teach these concepts all "packaged together".  It made me wonder if I missed building some important foundational understanding for my students.  My mantra working with the Common Core Standards has been "Go slow to go fast".  I think this lesson is an excellent example of how each standard must really be broken down and given proper attention to build an important foundation for future learning.

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Greedy Gordy Goes on a Diet - Learning About Less

Unit 2: Working With Numbers 0-10
Lesson 2 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to compare two groups of objects and tell which one has less.

Big Idea: More is a fairly easy concept for children to understand. Less is a little more challenging. This lesson will help build a foundational understanding of the concept of less.

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