Reflection: Continuous Assessment Pick Up Sticks: Working with Tally Marks - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


It was very interesting to observe the students working with the tally marks.  This activity told me who is struggling with their number sense.  I had two students who counted each tally mark individually, rather than recognizing the groups of five and using those to count.  The rest of the class did a phenomenal job working with the tally marks. 

Reading tally marks is not a common core standard, but tally marks provide an excellent way to practice skip counting and counting on from a given number.  A student who is not understanding how to read tally marks is likely not proficient in skip counting or counting on.  These two students need remediation on these skills.  I will be using my volunteer grandmas to work with these students on skip counting and counting on from a given number so they can meet the standards. 

This lesson demonstrates the importance of continual assessment.  It is so important to build some type of informal assessment into your lessons.  I knew these students struggled with these skills before, but the informal assessment portion told me that they are still struggling and not able to apply these skills to activity.

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Pick Up Sticks: Working with Tally Marks

Unit 6: Fun with Numbers 0-20 and Beyond
Lesson 6 of 21

Objective: Student will be able to represent numbers with tally marks.

Big Idea: Tally marks are a great way for students to practice skip counting and counting on from a given number. They will have fun "picking up sticks" with this interactive lesson!

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, SIOP, ELL, tally marks, counting
  50 minutes
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