December 8, 2018
A second grader has a partial understanding of counting in equal groups, but is still working on rational counting. Focus on the Child videos are taken from one-on-one interviews with individual children. The interviews are designed to elicit evidence of children’s mathematical thinking. They are not teaching episodes or formal assessments.
In this one-on-one conversation, an English Language Learner in kindergarten explains his thinking while working through a number story about people getting on and off of the bus.
A kindergarten student organizes a collection of rocks into unique sets. Simple questions can result in explorations in core math concepts such as grouping. In this case, some very unusual groups are created.
This second grader extends a shape pattern to ordinal numbers.
This second grader has uncertainty about the meaning of the digits. He is working to construct the understanding that place determines the value of a number.
A kindergarten student finds a way to sort cups by capacity.
A kindergartner demonstrates how high he can count.
A kindergartner explains how to draw a rectangle. Later he finds a new shape to draw in the classroom.
A kindergartner explores weight with a pan balance.