• Parent Resources By Unit

    Below is a brief description of the topics for each unit. Links to videos are provided to help you understand instructional strategies being taught in class.

    Module/Unit 1: Numbers to 10

    Kindergarten starts out with solidifying the meaning of numbers to 10 with a focus on embedded numbers and relationships to 5 using fingers, cubes, drawings, 5 groups and the Rekenrek. Students then investigate patterns of “1 more” and “1 less” using models such as the number stairs (see picture). Because fluency with addition and subtraction within 5 is a Kindergarten goal, addition within 5 is begun in Module 1 as another representation of the decomposition of numbers.

    Modeling with a Ten Frame
    A Parent's Guide to a Rekenrek
    How to Make a Rekenrek at Home
    Zero the Hero
    Math Magic Fingers

    Module/Unit 2: Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Shapes

    Students learn to identify and describe squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders and spheres. During this module students also practice their fluency with numbers to 10.

    Shape Hunt
    Describing Relative Positions

    Module/Unit 3:Measurement - Comparison of Length, Weight, Capacity, and Numbers to 10

    Students begin to experiment with comparison of length, weight and capacity. Students first learn to identify the attribute being compared, moving away from non-specific language such as “bigger” to “longer than,” “heavier than,” or “more than.” Comparison begins with developing the meaning of the word “than” in the context of “taller than,” “shorter than,” “heavier than,” “longer than,” etc. The terms “more” and “less” become increasingly abstract later in Kindergarten. “7 is 2 more than 5” is more abstract than “Jim is taller than John.”

    More, Fewer, Same

    Module/Unit 4: Number Pairs, Addition and Subtraction to 10

    Number comparison leads to a further study of embedded numbers (e.g., “3 is less than 7” leads to, “3 and 4 make 7,” and 3 + 4 = 7,). “1 more, 2 more, 3 more” lead into addition (+1, +2, +3). Students now represent stories with blocks, drawings, and equations.

    Number Partners of Ten
    Number Bonds
    Number Bonds of 10 Using Objects
    Use Number Bonds to Show Subtraction

    Module/Unit 5:Numbers 10–20 and Counting to 100 

    Students apply their skill with and understanding of numbers within 10 to teen numbers, which are decomposed as “10 ones and some ones.” For example, “12 is 2 more than 10.” The number 10 is special; it is the anchor that will eventually become the “ten” unit in the place value system in Grade 1. 

    Counting On
    Hide Zero Cards
    Student explains how to use Ten Frames & Hide Zero Cards

    Module/Unit 6:Analyzing, Comparing, and Composing Shapes

    Students build shapes from components, analyze and compare them, and discover that they can be composed of smaller shapes, just as larger numbers are composed of smaller numbers.