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Keywords: Math, differentiation, small group, pre-kinder,
Subject(s): Art, Social Skills, Spelling, Technology, Geography, Early Learning, Geometry, Science, Music, Speech and Language, Physics, Math, English/Language Arts
Grade P-K
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Ottawa Area Intermediate School, Holland, MI
Planned By: Robyn Decker
Original Author: Robyn Decker, Holland
Large class sizes with a wide range of learners strengths and weaknesses, no extra helpers available, and new concepts being taught make for a perfect storm in a pre-kindergarten room.
Small groups allow for teachers to spend less time managing children and more attention focused on instruction. The more quality contact with children, the greater the positive impact on learning and development. The problem is that assistants and/or parent volunteers are a critical component to the success of small groups. Currently, the classrooms in our district averages 18 students to 1 teacher.
Early math instruction using research-based teaching strategies and a variety of appropriate experiences will contribute to a studentís positive identity in future academic and practical areas of life.
Research indicates that a concrete-to-representational-to-abstract sequence of instruction ensures students truly have a thorough understanding of the math concepts/skills they are learning. When students are allowed to first develop a concrete understanding of the math concept/skill, then they are much more likely to perform that math skill and truly understand math concepts at the abstract level.
Therefore, timely feedback is critical in this concrete stage of development. Students would work on an Osmo along with iPad or Amazon Fire Tablet to practice using concrete materials while receiving immediate feedback to reduce practicing a potential misconception repeatedly, and work towards creating a sense of independent learning at their own pace based on their unique strengths and weaknesses.
A sample schedule to allow for small group of about 6 students might include:
Teacher: differentiated explicit instruction of the new concept/skill
Osmo: hands on practice of the concept using concrete materials
Explore: integrating math across the curriculum
Thank you so much for considering this opportunity.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
These items will benefit many curriculum areas (math, coding, drawing, spelling, fundamentals of physics, spatial relational skills, world geography), in addition to problem solving, creativity, perseverance, reasoning skills, and interpersonal skills.
Coaching will be provided to help brainstorm protocols. Video documentation of this project will also take place to offer professional learning opportunities for other schools that might consider a twist on small group instruction with only one teacher in the room.
Links: Link to Osmo
Materials: Electronics, Elementary, Early Learning, Games, Student Resources, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 3 Osmo Explorer kit, $189 each, total of $567.00
3 Osmo Genius Kit, $99 each, total of $297.00
3 Osmo Little Genius Kit, $79 each, total of $237.00
12 Osmo Number Game, $29 each, total of $348.00
9 Osmo Base for iPad or Fire, $39 each, total of $351.00
9 Osmo Case for iPad , $49 each, total of $441.00
3 Osmo Replacement Reflector, $10 each, total of $30.00
9 Amazon Fire Tablet, $100 each, total of $900.00
9 iPad, $350 each, total of $3150.00