Reflection: Lesson Planning Four for You! Exploring the Number Four - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


 Why stickers?  Many teachers will wonder why I use stickers so often in my math lessons.  There are a couple reasons.  First of all, the students are always enthusiastic when I get out stickers.  They love the bright colors and fun shapes.  This is highly motivational.

Motivation alone is a great reason, but there is a more important reason for using stickers.  Stickers are a great way to develop a student's pincer grasp.  This grasp is so important for properly holding a pencil.  It is common place today to have students come into the classroom with very little experience with pencil and color crayons.  Hand-held computer games and tablets have taken a toll on fine motor skill development.  The days of the coloring book are long gone.  Parents may think by placing a tablet in front of their children that they are preparing them for kindergarten.  Yes, they are developing important cognitive skills, but fine motor skills are being cast aside.  It is about balance.  Tablets have a place, but so do big sheets of paper and color crayons.

To counter this trend, I often use stickers in my learning centers in my classroom.  They are in my writing center (the students use them as postage stamps), math center (manipulatives) and art center (well...just because they are fun to add to a project).  The students often come and ask my assistance in removing a sticker from the backing.  I will get it started, but I will never pull it off completely.  They need to get those fingers working together.

There are lots of great stickers at dollar stores.  I also ask my parents to donate stickers and I get TONS of them this way.  I encourage teachers of kindergarteners to find ways to incorporate them into the classroom to help develop their students' fine motor skills.

  Lesson Planning: Stickers!!
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Four for You! Exploring the Number Four

Unit 1: Exploring Numbers 0-10
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to identify the number four, identify groups with four objects and represent the number four.

Big Idea: Many kindergarteners come to school with rote counting skills, but they often do not understand that the numbers they can recite actually represent quantities. This lesson helps to make that connection.

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Math, SIOP, ELL, Critical Area
  45 minutes
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