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Estimation for kindergarteners

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From: Denise Stephenson <ydstephenson@gmail.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Dec 20, 2007 at 22:33:08
Subject: Estimation for kindergarteners

In January I will be responsible to teach my kindergarten students how to
estimate quantities less than 20. What is the best way to help 5 year olds
learn to do this? Students have had lots of hands-on use of manipulatives so
I hope this helps. Would the number line thing be too difficult for them to
understand? I thought I could begin by having them estimate/take a good guess
how long or should I say how many pop-cubes long is a given object. First
estimate. Then try it out and see if your estimate was close or way off.  
The assessment in the spring will require them to look at a sandwich bag with
small objects in it and estimate the number. I believe that the estimate can
be within two of the correct answer to be considered on grade level. Any
suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Denis Stephenson

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