The "Problem of the Day" is probably one of my favorite routines for the classroom! I ended up starting this routine as prep work for the story problems that are on the Kindergarten IOWA test... and my kids just love it!
I know a lot of teachers do math journals with their kids, which is somewhat similar. I have thought about doing those, but unfortunately the IOWA Test doesn't allow for students to use scrap paper to solve their math problems, so I use my problem of the day to focus on counting with our fingers.
This set starts out with stories that don’t include either operation in order to get students used to the routines that are associated with the problem of the day. Then, I start giving them basic counting stories to work on comprehension. From there, we go into addition stories, then subtraction stories, then addition and subtraction problem solving.
The sequence is as follows:
August/September - Counting Within Our Classroom
October - Counting Games (Number 0-5)
November - Counting Games (Numbers 11-20)
December - Counting Stories
January - Basic Addition Stories (Numbers on Each Hand)
February - Basic Addition Stories (Adding On)
March - Subtraction Stories (Subtracting Numbers Less Than 5)
April - Subtraction Stories (Subtracting Numbers Less Than 10)
May - Addition or Subtraction Problem Solving
June/July - Addition or Subtraction Problem Solving
This routine is aligned to common core standards K.CC.1, K.CC.4abc, K.CC.5, K.OA.1, K.OA.2, and K.OA.5.
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