Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding 5 Little Monkeys Beginning Subtraction - Section 2: Guided Practice


It might be tempting to jump to bringing in the numbers and equation right away, but I keep in mind that the vast majority of my students began the year not being able to even identify numbers 0-10. We have worked hard, week after week, to learn our numbers, but I specifically keep our practice at this picture level to literally show the concept of “take away” or subtraction, and minimize any possible confusions during these very introductory lessons.

We take our time now, so we can pick up the pace a little later. More than anything, we go slow to stress the process and the concept, so it makes more sense when we are relying more on numbers. In a sense, it is like building a house: it may take days to do the framing work early on in the process, but drywall can be completed in a day. The beginning root work takes longer to accomplish.

  Slow & steady beginnings, or why not write with numbers?
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Slow & steady beginnings, or why not write with numbers?
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5 Little Monkeys Beginning Subtraction

Unit 11: Subtraction
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: SWBAT use pictures and a math mat, along with the popular finger play, to solve introductory subtraction problems.

Big Idea: Young children love fun finger plays, and they solve as a great way to open the door to the basics of subtraction.

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