Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Roll Me! - Section 4: Activity


The first time we played this game, I found that a few of my kids didn't understand the difference between throwing a dice and rolling a dice. I had to go around to several children and demonstrate gentle rolling using an underhanded toss. It is so easy to forget that many Kindergarten students need specific explanations of the meaning of words that we may think are already in their vocabularies.  it is usually a good idea to ask the meaning of words during instructions.  In this case, it would be as simple as asking, Who can tell me what rolling means?  Will you show us?

The counting itself went very well and due to the experiences they had previously in class this game went rather smoothly. There were only three kids that I needed to pull into a small group and support their counting and number writing.

Give kids time to "play" with the dice before you begin the game. Today, many families don't play board games and kids have little or no experience with rolling dice. This can mean trouble if you release the game too early as explained in the lesson video.

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Roll Me!

Unit 1: Make it Count!
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT recognize, count and write the number of objects shown on a dice.

Big Idea: Students strengthen their 1-6 counting skills by rolling a die, counting the number of dots, counting out that number of objects, and recording their actions on a white board.

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