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Pre K-K Math




Success for the Early Years

Exemplars Pre K-K Math provides teachers, parents and caregivers with 20 differentiated problem-solving tasks to capitalize on this wonderful time of learning and curiosity.

Material is designed to be used in a learning environment. Some tasks may used to encourage young children to discover strategies, discuss number and other mathematical concepts, and to explore the fun of problem solving. Other tasks may be selected for assessment opportunities.

Exemplars Pre K-K is aligned to Common Core and provided in a print and digital format.

Pre K-K includes:

A collection of 20 authentic problem-solving tasks.

Engaging open-ended tasks require counting, patterning, combining of small groups of objects and the description of shapes. Specifically, children are asked to:

  • Count as high as 10
  • Work with ordinal numbers, first through 10th
  • Combine groups of one, two or three objects and determine how many in all
  • Solve equal-share tasks with up to 10 objects divided into two equal groups
  • Continue two or three color patterns
  • Describe pictures made with circles, squares, triangles and rectangles.
The mathematics chosen for these tasks are based on recommendations from NCTM, the National Association of Educators of Young Children, and from recommendations for preschool standards as developed at the Conference on Standards for Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten Mathematics Education.

Differentiated tasks for use with students at varying developmental levels.

Each differentiated math task includes a more accessible and more challenging version.

Assessment rubrics.

Our standards-based Pre K-K Math Rubric supports CCSS for Mathematical Practice and NCTM Process Standards. The use of mathematical representations and communication are primary components. 


Material is aligned to Common Core, individual state and NCTM standards as well as select math texts.

Anchor papers and scoring rationales.

Each task includes anchor papers that demonstrate student work at the four performance levels of the Exemplars rubric as well as scoring rationales that describe why a particular criterion is assessed in certain way.

A comprehensive introduction for getting started.

This resource is included as part of each Pre K-K Math publication. It provides tips for getting started with Exemplars in your classroom, an explanation of the Pre K-K rubric, guidelines for assessing students' work and strategies for scribing at the primary level.

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Our teacher-friendly tasks are designed to support both the Common Core and Citywide instructional expectations. GO Math! alignments are also available.
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If you are a student at our school, you will have heard the term, Exemplars. Exemplars are extended tasks in which 6th graders work in cooperative groups to plan strategies and find solutions. Initially, students are presented with a particular mathematical situation and asked to brainstorm individual strategies for 'attacking' such a problem.


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