Using Common Objects to Teach Common Core
The Early Learning Transition Team held our most recent early learning math workshop Pre-K through second grade on January 29, 2013… at RAFT! The presenter Jeanne Lazzarini a.k.a. "The RAFT Math Genie!” brought math to life with a RAFT tour, hands-on kits and an engaging presentation. We were excited to have 21 teachers from five different MUSD elementary schools and the Child Development Centers attending. The afternoon focused on exploring hands-on math projects including: Freaky Fractals, Shape Skeletons (adapted for pen pieces and chenille stems), Mathematical Dream Catchers and Place your Number Value game. Here are the links for the idea sheets for each activity:
At the end of the workshop, each attendee left with a bag full of goodies, enough Freaky Fractal materials to use in their classroom the very next day and a $20 RAFT gift certificate good for a membership or materials. Thanks goes out to RAFT for partnering with us on this workshop!
~ RAFT Math Workshop ~ Teacher Testimonials ~
All around us are fractals we can create.
I liked some of the ideas such as using the pen pieces to create 2D & 3D shapes.
All the materials/resources which are really useful for my teaching. I can use them to set up my centers tomorrow. Ready to go! Great!
I enjoyed all the activities and how they are tied to math.
I really liked the Place your Number Value game.
Creative approach to extending math concepts.
How easy it is to make a dream catcher and connect it to math as well as social studies.
How much is available at RAFT for hands-on math activities.
I learned how to use hands-on activities cross curricularly.
Tour of facility + explanations + free kit. $20 Thank-you!!
I like the workshop especially it involves hands on learning. It’s fun.
Very useful to use with school age children to motivate their interests, creativity, socialization, and critical thinking.
Well taught – friendly – relevant.
Thank you for organizing these in-services for us. We are thankful to have such useful information to enhance our teaching. I really, really had (a) good time.
I can use this in my classroom since they have ready made kits (ready-to-use).
Thank you for the wonderful project ideas plus the freebies J
Pre-K Students & Cubes & Bears, Oh My!
Teacher Marisol, from the Sunnyhills Child Development Center, participated in our recent Engaging Early Learners Through Mathematics workshop (read on below to learn more about this event!), rushed back to her classroom, and incorporated some new ideas and techniques right away! She introduced the concept of subitizing, one-to-one correspondence, patterning and a lot more. Take a look at the photos above and see how engaged and on task her children appear. Great job Marisol!
Engaging Early Learners through Mathematics
On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 the Early Learning Transition Model held our second joint professional development session, a cross-grade collaborative workshop, Engaging Early Learners Through Mathematics. Participants included teachers from Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Traditional Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and Special Day Classes who hailed from five elementary schools and two Child Development Centers in the district. Linda Platas and Yasmin Sitabkhan presented, thanks to generous support from the Heising-Simons Foundation. The day included relevant research into why early math matters, an engaging outdoors movement & math activity, common core standards and preschool foundations study, lots of hands on practice and activity development. Participants were enthusiastic and engaged. Read on to find out what the teachers had to say about the day!
~ Early Math Workshop ~ Teacher Testimonials ~
Math can be fun for children!
Math foundation indicates future math/reading successes.
How you can take a simple lesson and scaffold it up or down to fit the needs of the students.
Subitizing! Chance to create and think about how to use manipulatives to teach various standards.
Opportunity to collaborate/write-up/practice lessons learned/created today. Lots of good ideas on using common, everyday materials to integrate with math.
How many games you can play with counting!
All the hands-on learning games were fantastic! Delving into common core, collaborating with other teachers.
It was an excellent workshop! There was a lot of great information presented. I definitely learned a lot that I can take back to my classroom and use right away.
Loved it! Great games. Appreciate emphasis on hands on games.
Great energy with presenter, very engaging and worthwhile.
I really enjoyed this workshop. Love the hands on practice!! J Thank you!
Very enjoyable, informative and fun workshop!
Engaging Early Learners through Mathematics - PowerPoint
Did you miss this workshop? Are you curious about the information that was presented? Don't despair! Click here to access Linda and Yasmin's full PowerPoint Presentation. Hugs to Linda and Yasmin for sharing this resource with us. Enjoy!
Math Games - Activity Sheets
Want to have access to the great ideas presented and generated during the workshop? Want to print out some hands on math games for your students?
Click here to view all of the games provided by Linda & Yasmin and those created by your fellow teachers.
Each activity sheet includes targeted Common Core Standards and/or Preschool Learning Foundations, equipment needed, game instructions and scaffolding up and down ideas. Have fun!
How much fun did we have? What did we do?
Click here to view the agenda for the MUSD RAFT Math Workshop held on January 29, 2013.
Click here to view the agenda for the Engaging Early Learners Through Mathematics Workshop held on September 18, 2012.
Early Learning Transition Model ~ Generously funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2012-2013