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Help! What approach is best

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From: Ralph (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Oct 28, 2001 at 11:23:08
Subject: Re: Help! What approach is best

Dear Laurie, It's great that you've got students who are eager/interested to learn more math! The site Suzanne mentioned certainly has some excellent activities to consider, which can be easily modified to be appropriate for your pupils. You mentioned that one focus you've always had is patterns, which is a terrific vehicle for many mathematical explorations! If you checked Varnelle's beginning geometry activities, for example, you'll see that they focus a great deal on patterns. The nice thing about pattern activities is that they are easy to "adjust"--having most pupils explore simple patterns, and let your "eager ones" explore more complex patterning ideas--e.g., if you have attribute blocks, most pupils would focus on one attribute (e.g. shape) for making a pattern, but you could encourage the interested ones to think of patterns using two attributes (shape AND color, for example), etc. Again using "patterns" as the basis, your eager ones can explore counting patterns, etc. Linking your skip counting to things like money--once the children can recognize the various coins and their value, figuring out "how much you'd have if you had 6 nickels", etc. Here in Ontario, the kindergarten curriculum does have "expectations" in all our curriculum strands--number sense; geometry; measurement; patterning; and data management, but the idea is to use play to explore them--and it sounds like you've covered much of that in what you've been doing, anyway. Hope the ideas mentioned help a bit to add to that. -Ralph, for the T2T service

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