Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Counting Beyond Our Fingers and Toes - Section 3: Whole Group Interaction


I want to comment on the task of giving the students the incorrect amount of cubes. Inquiry based learning, at its core, is for students to lead their own learning. This task of supplying the wrong amount was a very basic form of student led inquiry to offer them an opportunity to "discover the answer" on their own. My job is to set up the situation or items necessary for my students to use the items or environment to find an answer. It would have been easy for me to give them 30 cubes, tell them it is 30 cubes, and for them to accept what I say. But I want them to count and decide how many they need to give back or how many more they need to come get from me. This adds to their learning experience and allows them to take ownership of their education.

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Counting Beyond Our Fingers and Toes

Unit 2: Building Counting Skills
Lesson 7 of 13

Objective: SWBAT make a one-to-one match between objects and numerals from 1-30.

Big Idea:'s huge in First Grade! I want my little ones to start out the year counting from 1-30 and having one-to-one correspondence with objects for these numbers. Also, I want them to notice patterns on a hundreds chart.

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