Author Archives: aofradkin

About aofradkin

I enjoy thinking about presenting mathematical concepts to young children in exciting and engaging ways.

Counting beads

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. Recently, at our math lessons with 5-6 year olds, we were … threading beads. Actually, we were making very simple abacuses. We were putting 5 light beads and 5 dark beads on a … Continue reading

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Playing Broken Telephone

What follows was translated from this post by Jane Kats.  The game described was played by children ages 5-6, but I feel that a variation of it could be fun for older kids, or even adults.  Ideas? When I was … Continue reading

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Drawing heads, tails, knees, and toes – useful?

Drawing a useful picture or diagram is an important problem-solving skill.  From teaching different groups of elementary school children, I have noticed that some students are very reluctant to draw anything whereas others will draw elaborate pictures with lots of … Continue reading

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A math-inspired love story in verse

For post #100 on this blog I wrote a poem.  This is post #200 and I decided to start a tradition. This is a poem written jointly with Allison Bishop.  It is an epic love story.  Math is involved.  The … Continue reading

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A figure with pointy things and a line, a line, and a line

Look at the title.  Did you guess that this was a description of an acute triangle? This description was from a student in my third grade class.  Let me assure you, this student knows how to recognize an acute triangle … Continue reading

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Protecting against magic

Yesterday, Zoe and I were playing a game of Bingo.  In this version, there are cards with the pictures and names of the items (all related to the ocean) and you flip them over one by one to figure out … Continue reading

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Skip counting or word skipping?

We like games at our house, but there are rules that one has to follow when using them.  And the rules are not just for playing the games (those we actually often modify at will), but there are also rules … Continue reading

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