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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 TEKS and includes both a print and digital version.

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 the NCTM Process Standards.


Material is aligned to TEKS 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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Here's What People Are Saying

I am a special education teacher and I have been using the math Exemplars with my students. They enjoy doing them and have actually asked to do them. I have noticed that with each problem we solve more and more students are trying to stretch their thinking so they can become 'Experts.'

J. Reardon

Special Education Teacher

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