Reflection: Vertical Alignment Connect 5 - Section 2: Introducing Connect 5


I wanted to reflect on one piece of the introduction to the game.  The video in the previous section is the entire introduction piece.  However, it is hard to see what I am writing on the whiteboard.  The picture in this section's resources is a close up of the whiteboard easel.   

I wanted the students to make a connection with combining the dots to writing an equation.  By writing the dot patterns that were rolled, it was easy for most of them to connect their thinking to writing.  It is important to model with equations as much as possible.  As the year progresses, it will become an expectation of the students and this early exposure and connection are key in building a foundation for this (CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4).

On another note, during the introduction of the game, I emphasized the use of two counting strategies.  One was counting all and the other was counting on from a number.  It was important to point out that both of these strategies are feasible (CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.C.6).  

CCSS Connections:

MP4:  With my help and the discussion of the whole group, the students are creating equations to match their thinking when combining two sets of dots.

1.OA.C.6: The students are using the strategies of counting all or counting on to solve addition problems.  Explicit explanation of the strategies highlights this standard.

  Vertical Alignment: Reflection on Introduction to Connect 5
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Connect 5

Unit 4: Blending
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT connect number names and written numbers to the quantities they represent. SWBAT find the total of two or more quantities up to a total of 20 by counting all, counting on, or using number combinations. SWBAT compare two quantities up to 20 to see which is larger.

Big Idea: You have heard of Connect Four, well this is one better. Students play a variation of bingo called Connect 5. During center time the students continue to focus on combining and comparing numbers.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Operations , 1st Grade, Combining Numbers
  65 minutes
kids playing connect
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