Sunday, April 8, 2012

Singapore Math in Kindergarten


Singapore math is not taught in kindergarten. The program begins in first grade. I want my students familiar with the process of model drawing so I begin teaching word problems that we solve as a class. I make sure that I pull in the key words from the eight steps of model drawing. These are: Read, who, what, draw, read, question mark, work computation, answer. As we work through the problem we go back to the model drawing chart to make sure we aren’t skipping any steps. Click on the picture below to download smartboard slides on the 8 Steps of Model Drawing, a word problem and step by step directions for how to teach the word problem using the model drawing strategy!  

We also do a lot of stories with pictures. Here are a few examples of craft we do with word problems. Once students finish with their pictures, they have to get into partners and tell their word problem to their partner.

8 comments:

  1. Tag....Your It!! Stop by to see what I am talking about :)

    Twirlybird Teaching

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    1. I will stop by your blog and check it out! Thanks for checking out our blog:)

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  2. May I make a suggestion? Try writing the answer statement as the second step. I've found this really helps the students focus on what they're looking for as they work through the steps. Students aren't very good at writing answer statements, so I teach them to write "ummm" statements. Tell them to answer your question in a full sentence, but instead of an answer, say "ummm." Then ask them questions they don't know the answer to, like "How many teeth do you have?" or "How many miles is it to Disney World." This really helps the kids turn the questions into answers.

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    1. I love suggestions!Thanks, Ricky for the suggestion. So, you do the "ummm" statements after you read the problem and then continue on with the steps? I appreciate the advice and I'm going to try this out! Thanks So much!

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  3. Same problem here with no math books for K. However, I am in the northern Philippines and the things you ladies do as a matter of course are not taught, encouraged, and I dare say many places discourage this kind of practice. I cannot give the teachers the standards and get some creative lessons....if you have an electronic scope/ sequence or pacing guide...much of what happened before needs an extreme makeover. Thanks

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  4. Wow very attractive blog. By seeing this I am so excited that my child is going to International kindergarten.

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  5. Hello, this is a nice blog. i wanted share my singapore math experince with you. you can read the whole story here: http://www.teachadvice.com/2012/10/singapore-math-experience.html

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  6. I teach Kindergarten and my school uses MIF.

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