Bridges Math Content/ Strands

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This year we are using Bridges in mathematics, a K–5 math program that will help us meet the new standards and make math meaningful and exciting. In kindergarten, students focus on whole numbers and shapes. Throughout the year they:

Count and compare numbers to 100, with a special focus on numbers to 20

Think about joining and separating situations as addition and subtraction

Sort, compare, and draw shapes

Combine shapes to make other shapes and complete puzzles

When you are helping your child, the math might sometimes seem unfamiliar or different than you remember, but there are many ways you can help!

Invite your child to talk about the math by asking questions like, “Did you do a problem like this at school? How did you think about it?”

Focus on the pictures. Bridges uses visual models to make the mathematics accessible to all learners. Talking about the pictures is a great way to get started. Ask questions like, “What do you notice about this picture? Where do you see the numbers in this picture? Can we use the picture to help solve the problem?”

Get more information and ideas about how to help your child by visiting this website for families:

Here are some ways parents can help their kids connect and practice math in “real life.”
*Have your child count down the time (weeks, days and/or hours) to a special day or holiday
*Have your child measure ingredients for a recipe you are making
*Encourage your child to track or graph scores or stats for a favorite sports team
*Ask your child to count the change at the grocery store, or to estimate the total cost while you are shopping.
Or, with older kids, to help track the family budget.
*Explain what you’re doing whenever you use a measuring tape, a scale, or a ruler. Ask for your child’s help.

(Information from Bridges Mathematics Website)

Math Websites:

funny-cartoon-numbers-5-thumb13023225.jpgHow to support your child in math:**
  • Have a positive attitude about your child's mathematical abilities.
  • Read the Home Links!
  • Think aloud when you use math for your child to hear your strategies and thinking processes.
  • Play games!
  • Use numbers in practical ways that naturally arise.
  • Give hints, not answers!

Do-Anytime Activities:
  • Identify shapes in the environment and discuss # of sides, # of corners, and # of angles.
  • Make flash cards for “tricky teens”. Use to support numeral recognition and quantity (10 and some more). One set of cards with numerals and other set that displays the quantity (dots, stickers, stars). Play memory trying to match quantity with numeral saying the name of the numeral chosen.
  • Compare numbers using greater than less than.
  • Practice counting by 5s and 10s. Stack pennies in groups of fives/tens and then replace with nickels/dimes.
  • Give a number and ask your child to count on from there. Grab a handful of pennies or small items, count them and then count on from that number.
  • Practice counting backwards from 20 to 0. (Once mastered, count back from 30 then 40, etc.).
  • Practice making up and solving addition and subtraction number stories using manipulatives. Use terminology such as more, less, take away, in all, total, how many are left.
  • Have your child collect data about your family using tallies (favorite cereal, color, food, etc.). Report the findings.
  • Collect similar items such as stuffed animals, bouncy balls, cars, stickers and develop a rule for sorting objects into 2 different groups. Have your child guess the rule and verbalize it. Then switch roles and have your child develop the rule for you to guess.
  • Gather similar items and have your child arrange the objects in some kind of order (by length, thickness, weight) and then use comparison words such as taller, shorter, wider, heaviest, more, less.