Reflection: Gradual Release Grab, Count & Compare - Section 4: Independent Practice


Guiding students through the steps in the game until they are ready to take it on independently is important. I never release the game to the kids until they are ready and look like they can handle it on their own.

If I release the game too early, it can set the kids back and take a much longer period of time for them to gain the conceptual understanding they need to understand the objective of the game.

It takes much longer to clean up a mess than to be careful and take the time needed to guide these little learners to independence.

  Patience pays off
  Gradual Release: Patience pays off
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Grab, Count & Compare

Unit 6: Count & Compare
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: SWBAT to count and compare a quantity of objects to another group to see which is greater or less by comparing their blocks with a partner's.

Big Idea: Kindergarteners need concrete ways to see quantity and to be able to make comparisons between quantities. This game gives them a hands on way to experience comparing quantities which will eventually lead to being able to compare numbers.

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