Grade K At-A-Glance

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The Primary Focus of Kindergarten

Students in kindergarten will focus on understanding the meaning of whole numbers, including recognizing and writing numbers, counting a given number in a single set or combined sets and knowing how many there are without recounting. They will compare numbers or sets of objects and join and separate sets of objects to 10. Kindergarteners will build understanding of addition by adding to a number to make it larger. Students will also think of numbers as being made up of other numbers (part-part-whole). They will build understanding of subtraction by taking away a given amount from a set of objects and determine how many remain and compare two numbers. They will write simple number sentences to match situations. Kindergarteners will begin to understand that our place value system consists of tens and ones and that the placement of numerals determines the value of a number. They will identify, name, and describe two dimensional shapes such as squares, triangles, and circles and three dimensional figures such as cubes, cones, and spheres that are presented in a variety of ways. Students will experiment with measurement using nonstandard units of measure and measure objects by comparing them.

Activities at Home

  • Play the license plate game with numbers as you walk through your neighborhood. Have them look for a 1 on a license plate. Then find a 2, then a 3, and so on.
  • Write your name and a family member’s name. How many letters are in your name? How many are in your family member’s name? Which name has more?
  • Look through a store ad. Cut out numbers 0-20. Put the numbers in order from least to greatest.
  • Grab a handful of an item, cereal, beans, etc. Estimate how many pieces you grabbed. Now count them. Was your estimate close?
  • Estimate how many spoonfuls it take to finish a bowl of cereal. Count each spoonful as you eat.
  • Walk around your home. Count how items are plugged into the wall.
  • Show the number 5 in as many ways as you can. Use pictures and numbers.
  • Use cereal pieces to solve the following problem: Mason has 10 pieces of cereal. He eats 4 pieces. How many pieces are left?
  • How old are you now? Subtract one from that number and record it. Add 3 to that number and record it.
  • Count backwards from 100. Skip count to 100 by10s. Which took longer? Write your answer.
  • Go outside and find two clovers. Write an equation to show how many leaves are on both clovers.
  • Use some fruit to solve the following problem: Ken has 5 bananas in a bunch. He eats some. There are 3 left. How many bananas did he eat?
  • Ben had 4 chairs at his kitchen table in the morning. After school there was only 1 chair at the kitchen table. How many chairs are missing?
  • Use a stick of spaghetti to represent 10 and marshmallows to represent ones. Represent the numbers 12, 13, and 16 with the spaghetti and marshmallows.
  • Use a popsicle stick to represent a ten and beans to represent ones. Using a deck of cards, give your child a 10 card, and draw another number card, then add the numbers together and show the number with sticks and beans.
  • Walk from one end of the kitchen to the other and count how many steps, then show how many steps were taken with sticks and beans.

Grade K Links:

Grade K Parent Unit Letters
Models and Tools
Apps and Websites
Kindergarten Standards for Mathematical Practices

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