We’ve been in school for 9 weeks. Hence the week long fall break I am enjoying right now! Yeah…a week off! Our district has 4 9 week sessions and we use pacing guides to tell us what to teach each nine weeks. They tell us what to teach during those 9 weeks but we are free to teach those skills however we like. The pacing guides are set up so that there is a lot of spiral review and most skills are addressed each 9 weeks. When these pacing guides came out a couple of years ago, Mr. Greg’s head nearly exploded when I saw addition in the first 9 weeks. ADDITION????? That early on??? I was so against it…but I did it. And to my surprise it actually went well. We keep it fairly simple at the beginning. We focus on the idea that addition means put together! We do a lot of simple activities where we take objects and literally put them together! Since we do addition each 9 weeks, this is a great introduction!
Today I want to share some of the addition activities we did the past two weeks to introduce addition! These are great for introducing addition and for practicing adding all year long! I was impressed with my ‘staches and how well we caught on to adding! In fact, 11/12 of the ‘staches scored 95% or higher on our addition assessment! GO STACHES!
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