Zearn Math for Kindergarten is 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.
- Teacher Materials: Kindergarten Teacher Materials include six Missions, each with Fluency, Word Problems, Lessons, Paper Exit Tickets*, and optional Paper Problem Sets. We recommend teachers use these materials to prepare for daily instruction.
- 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.
*Note: Missions 1-4 do not include Paper Exit Tickets to allow K students to focus on concrete learning. Missions 5-6 include Paper Exit Tickets to prepare students for 1st grade with Zearn Math.
Every day, teachers lead Fluency, Word Problems and Lessons from Teacher Materials. Teachers may choose to deliver instruction in stations or as a whole group. Daily Teacher-Led Instruction builds number sense with concrete manipulatives, pictorial representations, and discussion. After Teacher-Led Instruction, students split into two groups for practice. During Missions 5 and 6, after finishing Digital Activities and Teacher-Led Activities, students complete Paper Exit Tickets from Teacher Materials.
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 Mission 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 Mission 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.