Estimation,Learning Fractions, and Journaling

We are still continuing to use our Estimation area in the hallway where the children are counting, writing and recognizing their numbers as they guess!

Everyday the increased knowledge and understanding helps our children learn the process of refining their estimates.

Children develop a strong sense of number and measurement when they have real world referents to visualize mathematical abstractions. Estimation provides a starting point for constructing some of these early reference points.

Learning Goals Achieved:

  • The children being able to make accurate estimations.
  • Able to make 1 to 1 correspondents.
  • Utilizing phonemes in order to create words. Spelling and reading the words we have written.
  • Counting from 1 to 100

We have began learning about fractions and measuring. The girls did a project with measuring cups and beans, where they worked together to find out:

How many:

  • ¼ =1 cup
  • 1/3= 1 cup
  • ½=1 cup

They used the beans to help them see how many times they had to refill the beans to equal 1 cup w/ the different amount of measurements.

After visualizing it, they drew a picture showing how many cups of a particular measurement it took to equal a full cup.

Raina and Taylor found out how many 1 teaspoons of beans filled to reach one cup.

48 tsp = 1 Cup

Ella found out that 4 (1/4) cups equals 1 cup.

4 (1/4) cups= 1 cup

We will continue to use different methods of measuring to fully understand fractions. On Monday we will bake Cornbread where we will have to measure lots of different ingredients!

Learning Goals Achieved:

  • Compare two containers according to capacity (holds more, holds less, or holds the same.)
  • Compare two objects according to weight/mass(heavier than, lighter than or equal to)
  • Measurement. The students uses time to describe, compare, and order events and situations.
  • Underlying processes and mathematical tools. The student applies Kindergarten mathematics to solve problems connected to everyday experiences and activities in and outside of school. (Identifying mathematics in everyday situations.)

We are also continuing our daily weather journal. Today a group of boys went out and looked in the sky and came to agreement that they saw Cumulus clouds in the sky.

We discussed how Cumulus Clouds are puffy clouds that sometimes look like pieces of floating cotton.We drew a picture of the clouds from the sky and practiced writing the word  “CUMULUS” . We will continue to do this everyday so we can  learn all the different types of cloud and look at the weather.

We will be able to identify the different types of clouds in the sky in no time! ;-D

By: Noah




Learning Goals Achieved:

  • Earth and space. The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world among objects in the sky. The student is expected to:

A)    Observe and describe weather changes from day to day and over seasons;

B)    Identify events that have repeating patterns, including seasons of the year and day and night; and

C)    Observe, describe, and illustrate objects in the sky such as the clouds, moon and stars, including the sun.

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