All of the following daily routines that I have chosen for the board came from the book Number Sense Routines, Every Day Counts, and Melissa from Joyful Learning in KC.
How Many Days? With Ten-Frames- We color in a dot each day we are in school. Once we fill a frame we move it to the tens. I used to do this activity with straws, but then I read Melissa's post about changing her straw collection to ten frames because they make a better visual for her young mathematicians. This made perfect sense to me so I decided to switch over too. (from Joyful Learning in KC)
The Number Grid and Counting the Days in School- Use a number grid or hundreds chart to keep track of the number of days in school. Post the number grid then have the students move a circle (I created a frame using a Post-it note) to the next number each day. (from Number Sense Routines)
Manipulatives and Counting the Days in School- Add one pop cube or unifix cube to the "Counting to 100" bucket each day. The idea behind this is that eventually kindergartners will start to organize the pop cubes into sticks of ten as they play with and construct the beginning understandings of unitizing. (from Number Sense Routines)
In addition to adding a pop cube for each day of school (which eventually emphasizes our power of ten system), students also add one rock to a large, clear jar for each day we are in school. This gives a visual of the day's amount. Students can watch it grow and get heavier. Seeing physical amounts on a daily basis helps students further their sense of specified amounts. (from Number Sense Routines)
Today's Number or Number of the Week- This routine helps students expand their thinking about any given number in relation to different situations and scenarios. Pick a number and ask a variety of questions about it. For example: When is 10 big? When is 10 small?When is 10 a lot? When is 10 a little? For time and preparation sake I am doing a number of the week rather than a number of the day. (from Number Sense Routines) You can get small number sense anchor charts like the one I have posted for the number 5 here.
Choral counting- is counting aloud a number sequence as a whole class. This allows children to hear and participate in the counting sequence without being put on the spot. Right now we are counting to 30. Eventually we will work up to counting to 100. (from Number Sense Routines)
Count Around the Circle- is a routine that involves whole-class participation with each child saying a number as your count around the circle. To begin, choose a counting sequence, for example: we are currently counting by 1's to 30. (from Number Sense Routines)
The Ten Wand- This is a way for students to become automatic with the combinations of amounts that total ten. The ten wand is made of 5 unifix cubes of one color and 5 unifix cubes of another color. Then ten wand can be "tricky" and it breaks easily. Students can see that the wand breaks differently each time but always has 10 cubes when the wand is put back together. (from Number Sense Routines)
Quick Image Dot Cards- These are pictures of quantities organized in such a way to encourage students to use, enhance, and build on their subitizing abilities. Show dot cards quickly while students name to the quantity shown. The Number Sense Routines book says it is important to use a variety of models for this routine. For example: Use dot cards for three days and dominoes for two days. (from Number Sense Routines)
The Counting Tape- Use a linear model to count the days in school. I used 10 sentence strips. I cut squares out of 10 different colors of construction paper. Add one square to the counting tape each day. Ask questions such as What number comes next? How do you know? What will the next yellow number be? How do you know/ What do you notice about our counting tape? (from Every Day Counts)
The Counting Jar- Put a set of objects into the counting jar. Have students visit the jar throughout the count and count the number of objects in it. Then have them make a set of their own and record what they found out. Read more about how to introduce and use the counting jar here. (from Investigations)
Here is a video of a teacher using the counting jar in her kindergarten classroom.