This set of resources is from Tools 4 NC Teachers.
This file contains a set of 6 lessons to be used during the first week(s) of school to develop students' mathematical mindsets. Lessons include:
Lesson 1: What is Math?
Lesson 2: Mathematicians Work Together
Lesson 3: Mathematicians Cooperate
Lesson 4: Mathematicians Ask Questions
Lesson 5: Mathematicians Learn from Mistakes
Lesson 6: Mathematicians Persevere
Students discover the scientific basis for the use of inclined planes. Using a spring scale, a bag of rocks and an inclined plane, student groups explore how dragging objects up a slope is easier than lifting them straight up into the air. Also, students are introduced to the scientific method and basic principles of experimentation. To conclude, students imagine and design their own uses for inclined planes.
In this activity using a balance scale students practice weighing items to see how heavy they are. Cubes are used in the balance as units of measure so students may easily count them.
Kindergartners measure each other's height using large building blocks, then visit a 2nd and a 4th grade class to measure those students. They can also measure adults in the school community. Results are displayed in age-appropriate bar graphs (paper cut-outs of miniature building blocks glued on paper to form a bar graph) comparing the different age groups. The activities that comprise this lesson help students develop the concepts and vocabulary to describe, in a non-ambiguous way, how height changes as children get older. The introduction to graphing provides an important foundation for both creating and interpreting graphs in future years.
Students are introduced to the concept of simple tools and how they can make difficult or impossible tasks easier. They begin by investigating the properties of inclined planes and how implementing them can reduce the force necessary to lift objects off the ground.
This resource accompanies our Rethink Kindergarten Math Measurement & Data unit. It includes ideas for use, ways to support exceptional children, ways to extend learning, digital resources and tools, tips for supporting English Language Learners and students with visual and hearing impairments. There are also ideas for offline learning.
This unit was created by the Rethink Education Content Development Team. This course is aligned to the NC Standards for Kindergarten Math for Measurement & Data.
There are patterns in everything we see. In kindergarten, students begin to learn to recognize basic shapes like circles, ovals, squares and rectangles. They will learn that the shapes often form patterns that can be orderly and sequential and others that might appear to be random. Students will enjoy taking digital pictures of nature and finding the mathematical patterns. They will create a slide show together of the pictures they have taken and identify the patterns in each one.
In this assessment task students are asked to choose an object in the classroom and are asked to tell two ways they can measure the object. Students should use measurement words such as tall, short, long, heavy or light to tell how they can measure the objects weight, height or length. Teachers can assess in whole class or small group. An assessment recording sheet and rubric are provided.