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Using Wixie to meet math standards in Kindergarten

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 15, 2017 11:26:27 AM

Kindergarten students need to build solid foundations with number sense, learning to represent quantities of objects with numerals and comparing their value. They are also beginning to identify shapes and describing objects in the world using these new terms.

Wixie's Activities library includes over 70 Kindergarten math activities you can use for formative assessment purposes or tasks for student work at centers and in station rotations.

Teachers can assign Wixie activities directly to students, or customize to differentiate them for specific learners in their classroom. Instructions for students show in the Wixie interface and you can also record instructions for your emerging readers. 

Math Standards

Examples of some of Wixie's Kindergarten math activities are shown below, grouped by learning goal. To locate and assign these activities, log in to your Wixie teacher account, and click the Activities tab. Then, either browse the Curriculum Library folder in the pane on the left or click the Search field at the top and and select Search by Standard.

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If you use the Search by Standard dialog, your results will only show activities tagged for Kindergarten. If you prefer to browse the Curriculum Library folder, click the Settings button in the upper right corner of Wixie and be sure that only PreK, K, and grade 1 are the only boxes selected. This will ensure that the activities you see are appropriate for your learners.

Here are a few examples of the types of activities you will find in Wixie for specific math learning targets.

Know number names and the count sequence.

Use Wixie activities like these to get students to practice writing numbers 0-20, identifying number names, counting on, and using numbers to represent quantities of objects. 

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At the Activities tab, browse activities connected to this learning goal by opening the Numbers folder found under the Curriculum Library > Math > Numbers and Operations folders.

You can also find these using the Search field at the top with keywords such as: count, number, number sense, and quantity.

Count to tell the number of objects.

Use Wixie activities like these to get students to practice counting out a given number of objects, recognizing the cardinalities of small sets of objects, and creating their own groups of objects of a specific number.

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Browse for these activities in the Curriculum Library > Math > Numbers and Operations > Numbers folder.

Search using keywords such as: count and cardinality, 

Compare numbers.

Use Wixie activities like these to get students to practice comparing the value of numbers and objects using the words and symbols for greater than, less than, and equal to.

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Browse for these activities in the same Numbers folder as the other number sense activities above or search using the keyword compare.

Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

Use Wixie activities like these to get students to practice adding and subtracting numbers and objects, representing a quantities and numbers in different ways.

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Browse: Curriculum Library > Math > Numbers and Operations folders > Computation. Search keywords like add and subtract.

Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

Use Wixie activities like these to get students to practice regrouping ones into blocks of ten to build an understanding of what place value means, building solid number sense foundations for addition and subtraction.

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Browse the Curriculum Library > Math > Numbers and Operations > Base Ten folder or search for base ten.

Identify, describe, and classify shapes.

Use Wixie activities like these to get students to first practice identifying and naming squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, and hexagons as both simple geometric figures and shapes in the world around them.

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Many activities in the Wixie library are multiple pages. For example, the first page of the Mother's Day Flowers activity asks students to record narration to identify the shapes and their relative positions on the page. On the next page they are given the criteria for a performance task of creating flowers using a specific number of shapes, which they then paint or draw on the third page.

Browse the Curriculum Library > Math > Geometry folder or search for shapes.

Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

Use Wixie activities like these to get students to sort shapes, combine shapes to create composite shapes, and create shapes on their own.

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Browse the Curriculum Library > Math > Geometry folder or search for shapes.

Sort and classify objects.

Use Wixie activities like these to get students thinking and comparing objects; identifying similarities and differences so they can sort and classify them. To find them, search keywords like sort and classify.

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Describe and compare measurable attributes.

Use Wixie activities like these to get students to practice describing and comparing objects by identifying which is larger/smaller, heavier/lighter, and taller/shorter as well as ordering multiple objects by size.

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Wixie activities and tools work for a range of learners

Wixie includes multiple activities for most standards and learning goals. Choose which works best for your learners based on their prior knowledge and understanding as well as technology ability. For example, students new to technology will find it much easier to click and drag to show understanding than having to draw using the paint tools.

The Activities library also includes multiple versions of the same activity; each having slightly different tasks so you can better differentiate for the range of learners in your classroom. Other activities ask students to complete the same task, but have different sets of images such as sports balls, toys, trucks, or candy to engage learners interested in different things. 

The media Library in the student tool also include a Math folder filled with virtual manipulatives students can use to "play" with math concepts. You can even create an assignment that opens to a blank page, but also show a specific folder in the Library so students don't have to open folders in the library.

Using Wixie to help students practice math concepts and skills not only helps you make math learning fun, your ability to view and assign work to students makes managing and evaluating progress easy.

Topics: Wixie, assessment, curriculum, activities

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