To begin today's lesson, I ask students to join me at the white board. We have a brief conversation about addition, and what it is. I am looking to hear conversation about "putting items together", "getting more", and a "sum".
After our discussion, I display today's task- Leaping Lily Pads. This a worksheet that I had found in the magazine, Teacher's Helper. I like this assignment because it has 10 frogs on the bottom that need to be cut out and used as counters. We have been using a lot of unifix cubes, so this switches it up for my Kindergartners. I also love that it helps with visualizing and one-to-one correspondence.
With my guidance, I call 3 students up to complete three problems on the white board as the class follows along. I have included video of this activity. Once we have completed three addition number sentences together, most students are ready to begin the task independently.
At this point, I send students off to work independently. Passing out papers, glue & scissors is handled by table captains in my classroom. This is addressed in my reflection.
Students are seated at 4 tables within the room. I make sure to rotate thru and sit at each table for a couple of minutes. This gives me a chance to observe my students working, and intervene if needed. Spending some time at each table helps me figure out which students are struggling, and might need extra help.