Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Farmer Fred's Fenceposts-The Plus and Equal Sign - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment

It took us a little time to get to this lesson.  I really took it slowly to help my students develop a conceptual understanding of addition.  So many kindergarteners come in  and say, “I know what two plus two is.”  That’s great, but most often this is not a demonstration of understanding, it is rote.  Students must be developing in their understanding of addition.  This is a step by step process.  Student will not be successful with addition if they do not have one to one correspondence and the concept of what joining  groups means.

I was very pleased by how quickly my students picked up these concepts.  The time we spent building the conceptual understanding was well worth it.  The students zoomed through the activity today in no time at all.

A timed test of math facts memorization does not guarantee that students can solve addition problems.  They need to apply their mathematical concept understanding to these problems to be successful.

Building Understanding
Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Building Understanding

Farmer Fred's Fenceposts-The Plus and Equal Sign

Unit 8: Introduction to Addition and Subtraction
Lesson 8 of 12

Big Idea: Although understanding the plus and equal sign are not a kindergarten Common Core standard, exposure to the concept provides a foundation for future learning and preparation for standardized testing.

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Joyce Baumann

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