Reflection: Modeling How Do We Write Numerals? Writing 6, 7, & 8 - Section 2: Presentation of Lesson

I have found this lesson to be extremely difficult for many students because of the number 8.  Six can be tricky, but most students don't get as frustrated with it as the number 8.  A lot of my students come to kindergarten "knowing" how to write a number eight, but they do what I call a "snowman eight."  They simply draw two circles on top of one another.  Modeling is very important in this case.  I take extra time explaining how to write the eight and showing the students how to do it correctly.  I also make sure that the students learn the rhyme.  If they say the rhyme "We make a snake but do not wait to climb back up and make an eight," they are more likely to remember to make the eight correctly.

I found that I needed to model the number 8 at several tables for the students to see again while they practiced on their own paper.  I also had students who were getting frustrated practice writing it on their hand with their finger and in air.

Figure 8 or Snowman 8
Modeling: Figure 8 or Snowman 8

How Do We Write Numerals? Writing 6, 7, & 8

Unit 3: Numbers to 10
Lesson 6 of 19

Big Idea: Students will review the numbers 6, 7 and 8 by listening to the story, Ten Little Babies. They will also learn rhymes to help them write the numbers.

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Christina Yingling-Smith

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