Then, the thinking and brainstorming started. I have developed and created a WHAM Math pack for my kindergarten students. This should probably be taught at the beginning of the school year, but I just completed it last week.
This packet took 2 weeks to teach to my kinders. I began with the WHAM posters. WHAM stands for Whole Group, Hands-on, At Your Seat, and Meeting for Review. I wanted my students to know that everyday we will start math in a whole group. Next, do some type of hands-on activity. Then, return at their seats to complete the work. This usually involves pencil and paper work. Last, meet together on the rug for revisiting the topic and review of skills.
Here is the first sheet my students completed in class.
I have included words to use on an anchor chart in the WHAM Math pack. Here are some more photos from this lesson. The picture on the right is what the anchor chart would look like when creating it whole group.
Here is the learning target poster that I use in my classroom. I say, "Where do we aim?" The children reply, "At the target!" and point to the target. The picture is an excellent visual that my students can look at when doing math.
As you can tell, this unit is in a super hero theme. I have stressed to my students how important it is do understand math. I want them to be interested in the topic. What better way than using super heroes?
This unit also includes a mathematician bubble map, mathematician headbands, and much much more.
There is also an emergent reader text integrating math to literacy. The story is called, "Who Does Math?". My kindergartners enjoyed reading the book. Look below for the preview of the mathematician bubble map.