Concept Group 6

The kindergarten math program introduced the concepts  less, least, more, and most this last week.  The classroom teacher asked if I would support that.  I was fortunate to have found another game of  “Don’t Spill the Beans” on my trip to “Goodwill” last weekend.  We had three games of “Don’t Spill the Beans” and two games of  “Kerplunk” available to us.  In both games the winner is the one with the least marbles or beans.  Instead of using the provided chambers for holding  marbles or beans I used empty paint cups.  I do this because  there aren’t enough chambers for the number of kids and in the case of “Kerplunk”,  if the marble chamber doesn’t have  to be moved there is less chance of marbles accidently coming down. 

The AM class had an extra adult helper available to us, so we divided the kids into five table groups.   The PM class did not have an extra helper, but we still divided the class into five groups.  We placed a chosen group of five students who we knew could monitor themselves with an adult standing by.  This of course stacked our other groups with students who had more difficulty monitoring themselves, but did have an adult at the table.  We  reviewed the rules of the games and stressed the concept vocabulary.

The activity went well for both classes.   Two students in my table group in the PM class had difficulty waiting for their turns and  didn’t understand they were trying to get less beans.  When I reinforced the appropriate turn taking with one student, I was told “My mom is bigger then you”.   I told him  that she probably was but he still had to take turns.  I did get a little chuckle on that one.   He was also a little disappointed when he found the student with the less beans was the winner at the end of our first round.  Sometimes experience is the best teacher.

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