This week, we have done quite a few math activities. I have done a lot of observing and taking notes about what each of my students needs. Not every assessment has to be formal. I can observe the students as they work and play to see what they know and what I need to work with them on.
We learned about big, medium, and small. The students played with play dough and made 3 different sized balls. It was easy to assess whether or not they understood what big, medium, and small were and how they compared to each other. I asked questions and had them point to the big ball, the medium ball, and the small ball.
Next, we practiced patterns. We made an AAB pattern on a big piece of paper. We each took turns drawing a raindrop, raindrop, lightning bolt on the paper until it was covered with the pattern. Some of the students put the pattern in a nice neat row. And others did their raindrop, raindrop, lightning bolt randomly on the page. I had to show them that when we do patterns we organize them in a line. It was easy to observe which students understood AAB patterns and which ones might need a little more practice.
Last, we practiced ordering numbers 1-4. I wrote the numbers on paper and the students first identified the number, then put it in the correct order. After the numbers were in the correct order, the students glued on starch noodles to match the number. They glued on one noodle for number 1, two noodles for number 2, and so on.
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