Kindergarten Curriculum Planning Documents

  • Kindergarten Outcome Charts - with assessing and teaching ideas, "I can" statements, essential questions, and rubrics. Thanks to everyone who worked on this project. The files are word documents so you can revise the planning document and add your own assessing/teaching ideas. (2013) NK.1  NK.2  NK.3  NK.4  NK.5  PK.1  SSK.1  SSK.2/3

Subitizing in Kindergarten

Outcome: NK2. Recognize, at a glance (subitize), and name familiar arrangements of 1 to 5 objects, dots, or pictures.

a) Look briefly at a familiar arrangement of 1 to 5 objects or dots, and identify the whole number that represents the number of objects or dots without counting.

b) Identify the whole number that represents an arrangement of objects, dots, or pictures on a five frame.

  • Teaching Channel Video
  • What is subitizing? Perceptual and conceptual subitizing
  • By the Numbers: What is subitizing, why it is important, and activities to help students develop their subitizing skills
  • Pinterest site for subitizing (Thanks Shawna)
  • Dot cards from Pinterest (you only need the dot cards to 5)

Story Problems

  • Marian Small describes different types of story problems in her book called "Making Math Meaningful" (pages 106-107). Trevor Calkins talks about the importance of using a context that children are familiar with and include students' names to personalize the problems. You can use felt shapes on a flannel board or a math story apron (an apron with a horizontal strip of velcro and a few pockets) to act out the problems.


Math Makes Sense


Resources and Websites for Teaching Mathematics

  • Ten Frame Spinner - This is a cool spinner that you can use to help build number sense.
  • Trevor Calkins looks at teaching of basic facts using ten frames. This site includes some videos showing games using ten frames and some free documents to download.
  • Talk About Math gives parents of young children easy-to-use activities for counting