Number Corner Grade K Advice for May & June
In previous months I have talked about the “One Last Look at (month)” activity where you remove selected calendar pieces from the grid at the end of the month, such as illustrated in the April advice on pages 249-250. I didn’t get a good photo from that month, but have one illustrating the same thing from the very end of April. Try it! We changed our dog-dog-cat pattern to dog-(space)-cat, dog-(space)-cat.
Those of you that teach two half-day sessions may have alternated having each class make the calendar markers, or sometimes combined pieces from both classes. The little problem this month is that for some of the items pictured the morning class would consider them “morning” activities, but they would be “afternoon” to the p.m. class. Maybe you noticed that the piece on May 4th said Number Corner.
I have attached my June calendar we made in my K-1 class. You can use your May markers again for the days of school that remain in June or, time allowing, the children can brainstorm a pattern that will repeat at least once in the shorter month of June. My class came up with the pattern Field Day, Picnic, Last Day of School, First Day of School.
When I first read about the 5-Pointed Star Cards for the Our Month in School chart, I was skeptical. I’m a believer now. As the month progressed, I saw the kindergartners studying the chart more and more, spontaneously making observations about fives. “There’s 25 points in one row,” “And 50 in two,” “ We have 5, 10, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23 points now.” Their observations spurred others to notice more and more things about fiveness. Be wild and DO use a drop of glue on the tip of each star point and scatter it with glitter! If your school year continues into June you can reuse the stars for the last few weeks, make up something on your own or repeat something from earlier in the year, such as weather.
You can easily get the May-June calendar up and running in 3 days, giving you more time for sessions.
I have enjoyed working with you long distance. This was one of my goals from when I first came to the Math Learning Center – to provide support when I can’t actually be there every month. I hope you have found some useful hints from my musings and pictures. Join us again in mid-August if you want to continue reading.