Preschool Math

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Essential Questions: 

• What are numbers and how do I use them?
• What makes a pattern?
• What is a sequence and how can I build my own?
• How do shapes, objects, things relate spatially?
• What are some ways we can measure? (sizes, time, distances)

Habits Of Mind: 

*Critical Thinking:
-Seek accuracy
-Seek clarity
*Creative Thinking:
-Generate standard of evaluation
-Generate new ways of seeing a situation
*Self-Regulated Thinking:
-Identify & use resources
-Evaluate own actions
-Make decisions


*Recognize written numerals
*Number sequence
*Identify patterns in the natural world
*Time measures in terms of child's own experiences &
events--as time units and sequences of events in time

Skills and Processes: 

*Rote count
*Practice and demonstrate one-to-one correspondence
*Compare amounts-- more, less, the same
*Observe similarities and differences
*Compare attributes
*Sort by attributes
*Make sets
*Recognize simple patterns
*Create simple patterns using
-Unit and Pattern Blocks
-art materials
-beads, buttons, found objects
*Distinguish and describe shapes
*Fit things together and take them apart
-pattern blocks

*Show an emerging awareness of symmetry, non-symmetry
*Explore two and three-dimensional shapes by combining, dividing, changing shapes
*Identify geometric shapes in natural world
*Make comparisons of length, height, weight, mass, volume, etc.

*Extend vocabulary used to make comparisons
*Explore volume at sand table, with clay, etc.
*Connect concept of time to concrete events
*Compare objects using standard & non-standard units of measure
*Extend an existing pattern
*How to build own sequences
*Developing understanding of spatial relations
*Beginning measurement skills and concepts


*Teacher observation
*Anecdotal records


Pattern Blocks
Sand table & accessories
Buttons and beads
Seed pods and nuts
Unifix Cubes
Cooking projects
Counting Books
Measuring tools
-Standard & non-standard

Multicultural Dimension: 

*Describe attributes, likenesses, differences
We look at:
-Class as a group
-Families of students

*Counting in different languages
*Different ways of counting