Soggy Day

For easy early statistics instruction, look no further than the weather app on your phone or your local news station. Talk about predictions based on data and how meteorologists forecast the weather. Extend the learning by having kids create their own weather journal.  Don’t be afraid of the rain… put on boots, grab a raincoat… jump in a few puddles and watch the size of the rings or measure the length of the puddles you can jump over.

From: We Are Teachers

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How many people did you help today?

Take a poll (survey) and ask “How many people have you helped this week?”  How would you organize this data?  How would you measure this?  How could you display your results?  

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I Spy Sums

How to Play: Shuffle the deck and deal out the entire deck of cards face up
in a 13×4 array.

  • One player begins by looking for two cards and adding up their points to
    find the sum, and WITHOUT pointing the cards out, says, “I spy with my
    little eye two cards with a sum of ____.”
  • Beginning with the player to left of the “I spy” person, the other players
    take turns looking for two cards that add up to make the sum and then
    pick up that pair. Rotate around the circle as many times as possible until
    no more pairs of cards have that sum.
  • The “I spy” person does not pick up any cards during this time – he/she needs to check all of the pairs that the other players are picking up.
  • Players swap roles and continue until the table is cleared.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of the game.
    As large gaps appear, the size of the array may be condensed to help fill in
    the gaps.
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Triple Digit Dare

  1. Use a standard deck of playing cards with the 10s, Jacks, Queens, and Kings removed. Aces count as 1.
    Note: I recently played with Queens as zeros, and Maggie keeps the Jokers in as Wild cards that can be used for any digit.
  2. Deal each player 3 cards.
  3. Players use the cards to create the largest 3-digit number possible.
  4. Players show their cards, and the player with the greatest 3-digit number takes all the cards.
  5. Play continues with 3 more cards for each player.

You could easily vary this game to use 2-digit, 4-digit, or even larger numbers.

From: Math Coach Corner

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Let’s go shopping

Make some price tags and mark things around the house.  For parents, it might be interesting for your student to make the price tags and see if they have a sense of what things cost. Let’s build some financial sense…. decide on a budget amount, have students prepare a shopping list, go shopping, calculate the total cost, and make the change.  Did everyone stay within their budget?  Note: there are no credit cards allowed in this activity.  🙂

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Fitness Friday

Feels like spring is in the air, how about getting outside?  You could set up an obstacle course or fitness track with different stations (jumping jacks, sit ups, squats, planks, …) At each station, set up goals (time for 1 minute, count out 10 -25 sets).  How many total minutes did you spend exercising? Graph your progress. 

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Nifty 50

The object is to come up with a math equation that has a sum or difference closest
to the number 50.  Remove the face cards and 10’s from the deck (or use UNO cards).  Deal all the cards between all the players. Each player turns over 4 cards and makes a two digit + two digit number sentence or two digit – two digit number sentence that has solution is closest to 50. The equation that is closest to 50 gets one point. If you can create an equation that is exactly 50, it’s worth 2 points. If both players have the same answer, no one gets a point. During play, Aces are worth 1.  After the cards are used, they are put in a discard pile.

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Computation Competition

Grab some cards, dice, or write some digits on a piece of paper and make your own cards. Your goal is to make the largest sum using the digits only once.  Play as a game and the person who makes the biggest sum gets a point (or the points could be the sum created). 

  • 2nd grade -Deal out 6 cards and make two 3 digit numbers
  • 3rd grade – Deal out 8 cards and make two 4 digit numbers
  • 4th grade – Deal out 10 cards and make two 5 digit numbers
  • 5th grade – Deal out 12 cards and make two 6 digit numbers
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Math Scavenger Hunt

Using old magazines or newspapers, make a collage of the math items you find.

  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Polygons (name them)
  • A number written out in word form
  • Clock
  • Date
  • Fraction
  • A price that include dollars and cents.
  • Decimal
  • Parallel lines
  • Perpendicular lines
  • Intersecting lines
  • Numbers (put in order from least to greatest)
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Baking or Cooking Challenge

Find a favorite recipe.  I know when my son is around, I always need to double the Energy Cookies/No Bake Cookies recipe.  What if you needed to double the recipe?  Your challenge is to rewrite the recipe to create twice as much yum!  This may require you to add fractions, and if so, make sure you convert the improper fractions into mixed numbers.  Last week, I would  have suggested you make it and bring half to your neighbor but this week, I would suggest to make it and put 1/2 in the freezer.  

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