## Reflection: Gradual Release I Am Five! Exploring the Number Five - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment

As you work through the number introduction lessons in this unit, you will notice they are all very similar in structure.  This is purposeful. Kindergarten students thrive on structure, especially early in the school year.  Also, I consider the demand of ongoing change on young learners. When there is a structure/routine in place, the students' stamina and focus can be used appropriately in tackling the learning content, rather than the learning structure (even if they are fun and exciting changes).

I like to keep these lessons very predictable and change and alter them only slightly so they become comfortable and confident in their routines.  This lesson included a short, repetitive song for the children to sing.  The students enjoyed the song and it has become part of our classroom 'repertoire"  This was a fun add-on that did not disrupt the structure of the lesson so the students could move through it quickly and confidently.

The Critical Importance of Structure
Gradual Release: The Critical Importance of Structure

# I Am Five! Exploring the Number Five

Unit 1: Exploring Numbers 0-10
Lesson 5 of 14

## 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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### Joyce Baumann

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