Elementary Math

Kindergarten

Elementary Math - Kindergarten

Kindergarten curriculum focuses on two critical areas: (1) representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects; (2) describing shapes and space. Students use numbers, including written numerals, to represent quantities and to solve quantitative problems, such as counting objects in a set; counting out a given number of objects; comparing sets or numerals; and modeling simple joining and separating situations with sets of objects, or eventually with equations such as 5 + 2 = 7 and 7 – 2 = 5.

Kindergarten students will choose, combine, and apply effective strategies for answering quantitative questions, including quickly recognizing the cardinalities of small sets of objects, counting and producing sets of given sizes, counting the number of objects in combined sets, or counting the number of objects that remain in a set after some are taken away.

Kindergarten students will describe their physical world using geometric ideas (e.g., shape, orientation, spatial relations) and vocabulary. They identify, name, and describe basic two-dimensional shapes, such as squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, and hexagons, presented in a variety of ways (e.g., with different sizes and orientations), as well as three-dimensional shapes such as cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. They use basic shapes and spatial reasoning to model objects in their environment and to construct more complex shapes.

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Kindergarten Overview

  • Know number names and the count sequence.
  • Count to tell the number of objects.
  • Compare numbers.
  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
  • Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.
  • Describe and compare measurable attributes.
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category
  • Identify and describe shapes.
  • Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
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