Elementary Mathematics

Kathy Richardson Organizing Materials and Students

 Organizing Students for Work ... Organizing Materials for Accessibility
The picture below shows how a teachers organizes students by working number. 

Organizing Students and Organizing Materials

The buckets are labeled below with different Kathy Richardson workstations.  "Counting Boards, "Snap-It Station", and "Apartment Buildings" are just a few.  This teacher chooses a few stations to focus on at a time.  Students then choose the appropriate station from the bucket based on their working numbers.

The pictures below come from a second grade classroom.  After delivering the Hiding Assessment to students, the teacher creates folders with students "working numbers" (these are the 3 lowest numbers where students need practice).  The teacher also includes a symbol on the folder that corresponds to symbols on tubs. 
  To the left you can see student folders. Each child has 3 working numbers. Students then choose work from the corresponding tubs (picture to the right).

The pictures below show a Kindergarten class. The teacher used the Counting Assessment, then created small groups. This particular school has 1 hour for math instruction and an additional 30 minutes for differentiated group work. 

 Kindergarten students working in Kathy Richardson Workshop.  Students are working
at their "practice" level.  

Teacher Group
The teacher pulled a group of students and gave them a task.  She then went to other groups of students to check-in.

Introducing the Counting Boards in Kindergarten

The picture to the left shows how one teacher started with counting boards in Kindergarten.  She asked students to sit on the carpet with their counting boards and tell a story to represent 3 cubes on the board and 4 more came.  "I have a ocean counting board so I had 3 sharks in the ocean, then 4 more came so now I have 7 sharks in the ocean."  The focus on this wasn't formal addition, but using the counting boards to count amounts accurately.


The photos below show math journals students use in Kindergarten.  Notice how the teacher used recycled paper.  Students record what they are working on.  The journal on the right shows the student wrote "pig" because the student filled the pig picture and recorded 11 indicating how many cubes were needed to fill the pig. 

The picture to the left shows how one teacher uses a variety of manipulatives with the counting boards.  He says that this helps when students are writing a story context (2nd Grade Classroom).

The picture to the right shows
students working on "creatures".  Some students build the creature flat on the surface, while others count how many will be needed, then build a 3-dimensional figure.