Zearn Math for Kindergarten has all the traditional elements of a coherent and rigorous curriculum as well as innovative and aligned features that support personalized learning for students. The Zearn Math for Kindergarten curriculum and classroom model are designed to be developmentally appropriate for young students.
Zearn Math for Kindergarten offers Teacher Materials, Independent Digital Activities for students, and Assessments. All materials can be found within your Teacher Account. Students should complete Digital Activities through their individual student accounts created by their teacher.
- Digital Activities: Digital Activities for kindergarteners are short, engaging activities designed to build number sense. Students develop number sense through an intentional progression of activities, starting with Numbers to 5, building to Numbers to 10, Numbers to 15, and Numbers to 20. Each activity takes kindergarten students about ten minutes. Students should complete four activities each week. Students advance through activities at their own pace and have opportunities to revisit activities throughout the year for additional practice. In all Kindergarten Digital Activities, students receive audio support. Kindergarten Zearn Math Digital Activities do not include pencil and paper notes. For an overview of the Kindergarten Digital Activities, watch this 3-minute video.
- Teacher Materials: Kindergarten Teacher Materials include six Missions, each with Fluency, Application Problems, Concept Development, and Paper Problem Sets. Teachers use these materials to prepare for daily instruction.
We recommend that teachers structure kindergarten math time as a daily lesson (comprised of Fluency, Application Problems, and Concept Development), Digital Activities, and Paper Problem Sets. Teachers may choose to deliver the daily lesson in stations or as a whole group. After the daily lesson, students break into stations. One group begins on Digital Activities. Another group works on Paper Problem Sets. After ten minutes, the two groups switch.
Here’s how the kindergarten classroom model comes together in a Zearn Math Kindergarten classroom.
For kindergarten students, teachers have several assessment options: Teacher Reports, mid-Mission Assessments, and end-of-Mission Assessments.
- Teacher Reports: Teachers can use the Zearn Progress Report to monitor student productivity during independent work. This report tells teachers where each student is in the digital activity sequence. Each student’s progress is represented as a bar in the Progress Report.
- Mid-Mission Assessments: Mid-Mission Assessments determine if students retain their understanding and can apply it in new ways. Teachers should use these as a more formal way to review learning in the first half of the Mission and inform their instruction for the second half of the Mission. Assessments are available in the Module documents available in teacher accounts.
- End-of-Mission Assessments: Similar to the mid-Mission assessment, there is an end-of-Mission assessment for all Missions. In end-of-Mission assessment questions, students may be asked to demonstrate an understanding of multiple standards within a question or to show understanding on a deeper level. Assessments are available in the Module documents available in teacher accounts.
Transitioning to 1st Grade Curriculum
When students move from Zearn Math Kindergarten to Zearn Math 1st grade, students in the class should start on the 1st Grade curriculum at the same time. The main reason for this is that in 1st grade, students learn new content in two ways: Independent Digital Lessons and Small Group Instruction, and they are designed to be implemented in a rotational model, with 30 minutes in each rotation daily. A group of students should make this shift at once to support this daily rotational model.
Another factor to consider in the transition from kindergarten to 1st grade Independent Digital Lessons is that 1st grade Independent Digital Lessons have reading prompts designed for 1st grade comprehension and written Student Notes which may be difficult for kindergarten students.