Reflection: Real World Applications Numbers to 10 Math Centers - Section 4: Practice

 

These days when technology is such a normal part of our everyday lives, it is sometimes easy to forget that some children do not have technology in their homes and may not have basic computer skills.  I try to include some kind of technology in my centers as much as possible.  I have been using the SMART Board a lot, but this week I brought in the LeapPads and computers as a center.  Our kindergarten team purchased two LeapPads for each of our classrooms last year.  It has been great since I only have two computers in my classroom.  Using the combinations of LeapPads and computers as one center allows all of the students to have a piece of technology to use. I used the SMART Board to show the students how to play the game that they would be playing on the computers, and I focused more on making sure they knew how to use the LeapPads.  I had the game already pulled up on the computers and when it came time to start centers, the two students that went to the computers went right over and got started.  Unfortunately after just a few minutes it was clear that one of them had no idea what to do.  He had was having a lot of trouble using the mouse and kept accidentally right clicking.  He was getting very frustrated and quickly got upset.  The other student was trying to help him, but he was already so frustrated that he did not even want to continue.  I had him switch with one of the students on the LeapPads, and it worked out for this center time.  This gave me some valuable information for the future.  I need to take the time to evaluate my students' computer skills and teach them the basic skills that they need to play the educational games that we use in our classroom.

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Numbers to 10 Math Centers

Unit 3: Numbers to 10
Lesson 1 of 19

Objective: Students will be able to independently practice identifying and writing the numbers to ten.

Big Idea: In order to pull small groups during math instruction, the rest of the students need engaging activities that they can complete independently. These centers allow students to practice identifying, writing and counting numbers to ten.

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