Young children are learning to follow directions. They need practice in understanding the step-by-step process needed to accomplish a familiar routine in order to develop this important skill.
Paper, pencil, peanut butter, jam, slices of bread, butter knife, camera, cardboard and plastic zip sandwich bags.
Mathematical Knowledge & Skills: Sequencing events and ordering skills.
Discuss with children the steps required to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or other favorite recipe.
Write down the steps as children dictate them.
Make a sandwich following each step exactly. If they are not in the correct sequence, discuss what went wrong and make corrections.
Take a photo of each step in the process of making a sandwich.
Print each photo and mount on cardboard or seal it in a plastic zip bag. Talk through what comes first, next etc. with children using the photos. Leave the photo cards available in a Math Center for children to independently put in order.
Look for other opportunities for short, spontaneous mini-math lessons within children's routines and according to their interests. Providing ways for children to connect math concepts to real world situations will make math thinking interesting and fun-as well as increase understanding.