Ready Set Math Module 1: Early Numeracy: Words, Symbols, and Quantities“
by: Melissa Wilke & Kurt Kinsey
The Three Aspects of Number in Early Numeracy
Brick-by-brick, a strong foundation of numeracy is built. Number words, numerals, and small quantities are the bricks that are being laid for early numeracy learning. These foundational skills are related to the following three distinct aspects of number knowledge:
- Verbal – the “spoken and heard” aspect that includes number words, or number names, and the sequence of number words spoken both forwards and backwards
- Symbolic – the “written and read” aspect that includes recognizing and identifying numerals
- Quantitative – the “how many-ness” aspect that includes conceiving and interacting with quantity through patterns and counting
Learning experiences within the Early Numeracy: Words, Symbols, and Quantities module address the verbal and symbolic aspects of number knowledge in three of the five sub-goals, covering number ranges starting with 1 to 10, progressing to 30 and finally extending to 100.
Number Words and Numerals
Activities within these sub-goals include opportunities for students to recognize, identify and sequence numerals.
Activities also provide opportunities for learning to say the numbers verbally in sequence and progress to saying the number just after, or before, a given number.
These many experiences with number words and numerals provide the opportunity for students to achieve a major milestone in the foundational development of numeracy knowledge.
Quantitative Aspects of Knowledge
The quantitative aspects of knowledge are addressed in two of the five sub-goals, focusing first on patterns associated with small quantities which include finger patterns, spatial patterns (also known as dice patterns) and temporal patterns (rhythmic patterns of sound or movement), and then progressing to counting and comparing small collections of items.
Students will be engaged in activities that have them copying, counting, creating, and identifying quantitative patterns.
Additionally, students will develop skills of one-to-one correspondence through a variety of counting activities while also developing the skill of naming the quantity of a collection and comparing small quantities of multiple collections.
Professional Development with Ready Set Math
Throughout the module, teachers are supported in-the-moment professional learning and teaching tips for implementation and facilitation.
These moments are aligned with Math Recovery research and best practices through our
Guiding Principles, bringing awareness to the intricacies of early numeracy instruction.
Early Numeracy Ready Set Math Module
Within the extensive collection of 43 lessons and 20 independent activities found in the Early Numeracy Ready Set Math module, these foundational skills are addressed by engaging students in “active learning” through movement and play-based experiences.
You will encounter teacher-facilitated group lessons that get students moving and exploring through investigations, explorations, and collaborative problem-solving.
The independent activities are designed in such a way to be incorporated into hands-on learning centers that provide students with opportunities to practice and rehearse the skills being taught.
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