Therefore, I prefer to begin the year by introducing students to the main vocabulary, tools, and concepts we'll study all year long in student-friendly, engaging ways. I don't detour too much from the standards as if I do that, I don't have the time to reach the expectations set by system and state standards.
One early review and community building lesson at the start of the year is the introduction to line plots. Introducing line plots with student- and family-friendly data points leads to community building and also allows students to review/learn a math concept/skill that they can apply throughout the year as they study multiple concepts in math.
To begin this study, students and I will create a data chart that includes data about the following student information:
- letters in first name
- birthday month number
- birthday number
- favorite numbers between 0-12