# Spring SAVY 2014, Week 5 – Awesome Algebra (Kindergarten)

Posted by on Monday, March 10, 2014 in SAVY blog.

Awesome Algebra

Spring SAVY 2014

I can’t believe that we only have one week of SAVY left! We are looking forward to our open house next week. The students are excited to share with you what they have been working on in our Awesome Algebra class.

We had another great week! We continued digging deeper with the idea of patterns and functions. We used t-charts again to find patterns of the number of crabs and the number of eyes. The students knew that for every crab there would be two eyes, so we could find out the number of eyes on 2, 3, or 4 crabs, and so on. We also looked at patterns with the number of flippers on a sea turtle, and the number of arms on a starfish. Looking at the pattern of arms on a starfish helped students make an important connection to skip counting. They noticed that the pattern was counting by fives, and many of them were very familiar with counting by fives. Skip counting was something that was very familiar to the students, and then they realized the other t-charts were skip counting too! We tied skip counting to the idea of functions.

We also played some math games that used reasoning skills. We talked about how we use our reasoning skills to solve problems, and at the end of class students were able to discuss the different ways they used their reasoning skills during our class. Many games that you can play at home including board games or even a simple game of tic-tac-toe use math reasoning skills and are great ways to use those reasoning skills and engage young minds.

Now that students know each other better, they are eager to work together, help each other, and have fun. It has been wonderful to see how the students support each other as they listen to others’ ideas and add their own contributions. Watching friendships develop is fun as students laugh and connect with each other!