Bridges Blog Archive for Grade K

Polydron Power!

Portland Public School kindergarten teacher Nicki Eybel recently sent us a great question:

My kindergarten students LOVE Polydron sets. They seem like a fairly "limited" material. The students make boxes and fill them with...well, lots. Then they build pyramid roofs and that's all. Do you have any suggestions to scaffold Polydron learning at this time of year? Or, are we on the "right track" in Room 12?

Bridges Intervention Kits Now Available

When Bridges Intervention was released in digital-only format last year, Bridges Second Edition users reacted with great enthusiasm. Many were quick to realize the power of this unique intervention program.

Mastering the Skills of Estimation

Children need lots of practice, with various activities in different settings, to develop a strong sense of number. I like to introduce a fun activity, Estimation Bag. I place a small plastic container inside a canvas bag, and a student adds a single type of object: paperclips, pennies, barrettes, etc. We start with 10 or fewer and increase the quantity to between 10 and 20 after a month or so.

Tips for Work Places

Work Places are a favorite time in my classroom. The room bursts with positive energy as students are practicing, learning, and mastering their math skills. I’ve found this an excellent time to “dipstick” for clarity and understanding. Establishing Work Place routines takes time and practice, though. Throughout my 14 years as a Bridges teacher, I continue to find ways to help my students reap success and to help this time go smoothly.

Linking Computer Activities to Bridges

Visiting the computer lab is part of our regular kindergarten routine, with students spending two 40-minute sessions each week there. They work on a literacy software program for the first 20 minutes, and the last 20 minutes is for math games. Our team has found some wonderful, free websites that engage the children in a game as they practice math skills. A few of these sites include: Starfall, ABC YA, and PBS kids.

Organizing & Interpreting Data in Kindergarten

Organizing & Interpreting Data in KindergartenOur K team has put together some collaborative monthly practice activities to sort, represent, and interpret data. We’ve found students who revisit these skills have the confidence and understanding to interpret and explain data on a bar graph.

Teaching Routines in Kindergarten

Teaching Routines in KindergartenThe first few weeks in kindergarten can be taxing for any teacher —you’re teaching every important routine and expectation for the year.

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