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The Math in Learning Names


Do the children in your classroom know each other’s names? At winter break, are they still pointing to “that girl?” Doing activities in the early weeks of school that use the children’s own names will do wonders for building your classroom community. At the same time, you can be doing math—as well as literacy!

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Which Holds More?


This video from our Focus on the Lesson series demonstrates an activity for teaching capacity in kindergarten and preschool. Students look at two containers and try to determine which one would hold more liquid.

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Shoe Graph

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In this video, students brainstorm ways to sort their shoes. Later, they graphically organize the data from the sets they created.

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Mathematical Modeling with Lyn English


Lyn English explains an exploratory method of teaching math. “The children’s learning was extended beyond the curriculum because they discovered a lot of the mathematical ideas themselves.”

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Analyzing Data with Surveys


Heather Duncan did a particularly striking job of explaining how she and her kindergartners at South Shore Elementary have made collecting data from surveys and discussing them a regular part of their classroom life.

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Control Your Math Fate, Estimate!


Ellen Stoll Walsh’s book Mouse Count can be used in the classroom to cover such broad-ranging topics as data analysis, number sense, and number and operations. Key concepts such as estimation can be explored and investigated.

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Algebraic Thinking with Shoes

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Cindy Collado and her preschool class at Stock School were involved in a shoe project that incorporated many math concepts through a variety of activities over the course of two months. The class started by taking a good look at their shoes and then talking and thinking about what they saw.