Have the students gather in a circle on the carpet. Ask how we could figure out how many kids are in math class today? After a few suggestions have the whole group start with you and you point as the whole group counts around the circle. Once finished, ask them how many would we get if we started with a different person? Continue this a few times emphasizing that the total number doesn't change.
Direct the students to your classroom calendar. Ask them if they have ever used one of these before and if so what did they use it for? Then tell them that this is a tool that helps us keep track of the days, months and year. Explain that usually we only focus on the month that we are currently in. However, (point to the list of month names) this list will help us keep track of the months and the order that they are in. Explain that we will use the calendar each day to keep track of the date and the day of the week. We also look at the order of the days of the week and we will use the calendar to keep track of events for the month.
Next, ask if anyone can tell me the name of the month we are in right now? Ask another child to come up and point to the name of the month on the calendar. Point out that this is the name of the current month.
Then teach the kids the DAYS OF THE WEEK (sung to the tune of the Adams Family)
**Note** After today, I will move this routine to my Morning Meeting Time. This will allow me to create more time for other activities during the actual "math class."
Connection to MP5: The students are using the calendar as a tool for keeping track of time (year, month, and day).
Explain to the students that just like yesterday, they will be having center time with the same activities. They will be using the same materials that they used the previous day. Remind them that each of these materials will be placed at a different table. Review the rules and routines that you established on the previous day. Remind them that they need to get to each one over the next few days. Also explain that today while you are moving around the room you will be asking students to count 20 of what ever material they are using. While they are counting, stop him/her and ask the student how many so far. When finished, asked him/her how many all together?
*Use checklist in the section resource to record you observations.
*Do students have the 1:1 correspondence?
*Are students fluent with the names and sequence of numbers?
*Can students continue counting after you ask them how many there are (half way through)?
Signal to the students to clean up and gather back at the circle area.
Start with a quick review of station time. Focus on what went well, through the students perspective as well as your own. Point out specific examples of sharing, cooperation, positive team play, and clean up.
Then talk to the students about one of the math tools they have been exploring, Interlocking Cubes. Use the poster (in section resources) to fill out information you gather from the students. Ask them to describe the cubes, what you can do with them, and what they can tell you about them? Record their ideas on the chart. This can be posted in the room for quick reference.
Finish the discussion by letting them know some of the ways you will use cubes (as a math tool) throughout the year.
This session is important for several reasons. I want the students to understand that they were not just "free playing" with the explorations. I also wanted them to start to think about the cubes and how they can be used as a math tool (MP5). This discussion also allows the students to start hearing and using math vocabulary words in their discussions.