During math we have been focusing our learning on our Bunk Beds unit. As mentioned in previous posts, this unit supports our learning about combinations. We are learning that combinations are all of the different ways we can break apart a number into 2 parts. For this unit we are trying to find all the different ways we can have a certain amount of kids on a bunk bed. For example: When working with the number 4 we can put 1 kid on the top bunk and 3 on the bottom OR 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom OR 4 on the top and 0 on the bottom, etc. Recently, we started learning about strategies that we can use when trying to find all of the combinations for a number. We will continue to explore with different numbers to see if these strategies will work with any number.
Here is 1 combination for the number 5. Ask your kindergartner to tell you the number sentence that would match this combination (5 + 0). How many more ways can you find? In school we use cubes to represent the number of kids. If you don't have cubes at home, you can use 5 of anything (buttons, Legos, goldfish crackers, blocks)
Below are some other pictures of our learning in action. Here we are each working independently to try to find as many combinations as we can for the number we are working with.