Children’s Health Network reports, “A normal attention span is 3 to 5 minutes per year of a child’s age. Therefore, a 2-year-old should be able to concentrate on a particular task for at least 6 minutes, and a child entering kindergarten should be able to concentrate for at least 15 minutes.”
NYS COMMON CORE MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM: Kindergarten Lesson 1
Objective: Analyze to find two objects that are exactly the same or not exactly the same.
Fluency Practice (11 minutes)
Application Problem (6 minutes)
Concept Development (26 minutes)
Student Debrief (7 minutes)
Total Time (50 minutes)
Research shows the normal attention of Kindergarten children will not last through “concept development”. If they cannot attend long enough to properly develop the concept of the lesson it may be determined during the “student debriefing” that the student is not capable of grasping the concept of the lesson and is therefore below grade level mathematically.
This is a Common Core Math lesson Kindergarten children.
Counting Beans and Fingers to 3 (5 minutes)
This fluency activity was selected in anticipation of future lessons. Although they will not be working with numbers in this lesson, students need to develop fluency for upcoming lessons in which they will work with numbers in depth.
T: Take 1 bean out of your bag and put it on your mat. Count how many beans are on your mat.
T: Take another bean out of your bag and put it on your mat. Count how many beans are on your mat now.
S: 1, 2.
T: Yes. Take another bean out of your bag and put it on your mat. Count how many beans are on your mat now.
S: 1, 2, 3.
T: Yes. Let’s touch and count them one at a time like this: 1, 2, 3.
These lessons are developmentally inappropriate and boring, as are the tests our children are forced to take.
Classifying the children who will not sit through these lessons and tests may place those children on the “school to prison pipeline” track.
All of our children deserve an excellent education that prepares them to be knowledgeable, concerned, actively involved citizens of these United States.
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