Teaching **math strategies in kindergarten** may be easier than you think. Here are the top **math strategies for kindergarten** that you can use in your lessons.

I’ve got everything I’m sharing with you today wrapped up in my Guided Math Pack for kindergarten. That way you can use these math strategies for kindergarten easily.

These math strategies for kindergarten came from the **Kindergarten Common Core Standards**. There is a whole section called “Mathematical Practice” that lists the standards below.

**Now hang with me.** Here are the standards as they are written out. They are {ahem} super exciting so I won’t be offended if you just want to jump past this list.

- CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP4 Model with mathematics.
- CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP5 Use appropriate tools strategically.
- CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP6 Attend to precision.
- CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP7 Look for and make use of structure.
- CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP8 Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Now, if you ask me – these are* hardly* kindergarten friendly.

But, as I planned out my guided math curriculum for kindergarten I realized that I needed to make use of them. I was supposed to be teaching them, after all (since they covers grade k-12).

## Making Standards Kinder-Friendly

### Create the Strategies

In order to make use of those silly-stated standards, I desperately needed to make them more kinder-friendly. So each standard got rephrased into a strategy or approach that we could actually use.

*For example, *

- “Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others” became “tell and explain”
- “Attend to precision” became “check my work”

And those kinder-friendly phrases became go-to things for me.

**I’m not kidding.** Since I was introducing and using them during small group lessons, I was able to refer to them regularly and prompt students with them.

### Icons for Each Strategy

Since I work with beginning readers and non-readers in kindergarten, I made icons or symbols for each strategy. This works on the same principle as illustrating guided reading strategies.

I turned each strategy into posters and cards.

These were integrated into the math prompts my students did in our math journals. They would practice one strategy each time – at the same time as working on content.

What do these math strategies mean for teaching in small groups? Well, that meant I had questions I could ask.

- “How can you show what you are thinking?”
- “What tools did you use to figure this out?”
- “Tell us about your thinking. What did you notice?”
- “What would make good sense?”
- “What could you try?”
- “What do you notice?”

Rather than tell my students what to do – or how to solve – I could ask questions to help direct their thinking.

I added these math strategies for kindergarten right into my lesson plan templates too.

If you like these math strategies for kindergarten all done for you – you can get the:

- strategy posters and cards
- guiding questions to ask based on the strategies
- math journals prompts with strategies listed
- lesson plan templates with strategies listed

all in the Guided Math Pack!

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