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Lesson

Kindergarten Math – Number Operations and Counting

Clip 1/6: Lesson Part A

Overview

Before working with her transitional kindergarten students, Tracy Sola discusses the main ideas for the learning experience and her goals for the students: “The premise of the problem is that there is a squirrel collecting nuts, and the squirrel has five nuts and gives some to another squirrel. And then we're supposed to try to figure out how many nuts are left once the squirrel gives some away.”

Teacher Commentary

Things we learn in kindergarten are useful later on, and learning only happens when it connects to something students already know.

Connecting to the context was a really big thing for me, which is why I chose this Problem of the Month in particular, because I thought that they can relate to that problem.