When I first started teaching special education kindergarten, Addition worksheets that are informative, engaging, and easy to find through standards alignment were something of a mystery. I often felt like there was this great abys of worksheets with no way of sorting or understanding how to sequence them for the best possible learning outcome. In addition, the biggest questions about the learning progressions and what order to teach in were never quite as clear as I wanted.
For example, with one google search, "math worksheets for kindergarten," I was left sorting through four ads straight off the bat, then a listing of images that have no basis in a standard or clues to what lessons they align with. And let's face it, when you do the same image search for worksheets, you'll find a lot of worksheets created by well-intended teachers that focus more on cute than the actual concepts that are trying to teach. Worksheets are not busywork; they are tools to engage learners in specific skill practice. So I felt like there had to be a better way.
There has to be a better way! To my thinking elements of a good kindergarten math worksheet include 8 to 10 problems based on one specific skill rather than three to four skills on one worksheet. A fair assessment of the student's academic achievement needs to be recorded with a ratio of eight out of ten problems correct before being placed in the proficient category. Many worksheets that combine skills assessment portions with 1 to 2 problems don't give a realistic view of what students honestly can do.
When it comes to the assessment day at the end of the year, I can't help but reflect my teaching practices in the results of my students' national assessments. By ensuring a rigorous approach on all skills, my students will have the building blocks they need for success lesson after lesson.
Well designed sample of Addition to ten worksheet for kindergarten
The designer indicates what standard it aligns to and the specific skill. The images are easily counted with a clearly defined space for writing the answer. Using the double bar writing graphic for students visually aligns with their current reading and writing curriculum. It is widely understood that this indicates something needs to be written here. Using just an underline or a box for filling in an answer certainly gets the job done but does not necessarily connect to previous knowledge or tie two knowledge centers together. It may sound straightforward or even trivial to some, but the devil is in the details when differentiating instruction and making the most connections possible for early learners.
There's also a clear name and date space, essential when collecting students' work. Always have a date representation on a worksheet so that if this worksheet is given again at a later date or as a part of a spiral review, students and parents can see a growth trend. For special education teachers, it is crucial to have all worksheets labeled with exact names and date placeholders.
Top 4 things in quality math worksheets
Skill within the standard clearly displayed
8/10 problem sets
Well designed Kindergarten Math Worksheets
Here are a few examples of thoughtful standards aligned kindergarten worksheets. These colorful and leveled worksheets are assessment quality or perfect for daily review of critical skills—attention to detail with clearly marked standards, student-related math skills, and learning categories.
The domino themed worksheet is very easily translated into hands on activities. Domino sets are affordable and provide a differentiation method for more hands-on style learning.
Adding to five with intervention sets
I love these intervention sets that have all the teaching and practice worksheets, assessments, and lesson plan all in one. When I started these I had no idea what a time saver it would be to have materials that I could hand off to a para or classroom parent.
These grab-and-go "15 Minute or Less Micro Lessons" contains a short, targeted, and highly repeatable math lesson with differentiated worksheets and assessments to scaffold a variety of unique learners. Perfect for delivery by paraeducators, general education, and special education teachers requiring intensive intervention by targeting an entire learning progression within a grade level skill. Each "15 Minute or Less Micro Lesson" contains:
1 complete micro lesson plan
4 differentiated practice worksheets
1 differentiated assessment worksheet
5 teacher answer keys