Calendar and data collection are an important part of the daily number sense routine in my class. This is an opportunity for students to learn the structure of our calendar system as well as learn to collect data over a period of time. As we track each of these things, I use rich questioning and discussion to deepen learning.
When it comes to collecting and tracking data, we focus on tracking the weather, temperature, and the number of days we have been in school. Tracking the weather and temperature gives us opportunity to draw conclusions, compare and contrast, and summarize our data.
Counting the number of days we have been in school differs slightly. It gives students the opportunity to count, track and visualize amounts, and think about numbers. In the early elementary classroom, it’s important for students to be able to visualize the amount they are tracking. As students are learning one-to-one correspondence and just being introduced to the base ten system, tracking using place value can often be confusing.
I have chosen in my class to use ten frames to track our number of days. This provides a concrete, age-appropriate format that allows my first graders to see and visualize the amount and count the days with ease. The ten frame allows students to clearly see the ones being grouped into tens and gain a strong sense of the quantity.
You can check out my Days in School Ten Frames here: