Over the next three months, my kinders are going to be comparing numbers to 5, 10, and finally to 20 in November. For some students, comparing numbers is very tricky to grasp mostly because of the interchangeable vocabulary. For this reason, I’ve decided to pull out all the fun and most engaging pieces for my students to use while practice comparisons and learning key phrases.
My engaging collection includes (but is not limited to) playdoh, giant dice, dry erase/chalkboard dice, mini dice, a deck of cards, number spinners, Target $1 Spot erasers, building blocks, expo markers, and potentionally sunflower seeds to look like pumpkin seeds. I use these type of tools for my students to feel excited about the learning process because once they’re hooked – our learning soars!
For September, I will add the acorn/basket mat to our bi-weekly rotations. We are comparing numbers to 5 and some will be ready to compare to 10+.