Reflection: Conferencing Making 8 - Section 3: Independent Practice


Here is a picture of student work in which one of my students made errors in completing the sentence.  Many of my students are not strong readers yet and when I assisted this student in correcting the sentence I found that the students' decoding and comprehension skills, not the student's math understanding, was the reason for the mistakes. 

The workbook was great to use instead of a standard worksheet because there was only one problem to focus on for each page.  Students were able to focus on one problem at a time and use their drawing strategy to reach an answer.  However, as I said I did have some students get lost and confused when completing the sentence.  One of my goals this year in my math instruction is to create a stronger connection for my students between reading, writing, and numerals.  I added the sentence to this activity to have them describe in words what they were doing and create a match with the CCSS.  They cannot master a skill unless they are practicing it, so I am glad they had this opportunity.


  Conferencing: Student Errors
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Making 8

Unit 13: Understanding Addition
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: SWBAT compose the number 8 using different addends.

Big Idea: We want our little ones to recognize that parts, when put together, make up a whole. We begin building the concept in this lesson by using small numbers, 0-8, to show how numbers are made up of two or more parts.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, addition, joining, together, First Grade
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