Tag Archives: 6 years old

Secret 3-digit numbers

For the past two weeks, in my first grade math class, we had been playing with 3-digit numbers. Many of the students in this class are the same ones that participated in the lessons described in the posts 3-digit numbers … Continue reading

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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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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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As many opinions as there are shapes: fun with “Which one doesn’t belong – A shapes book”

Last week, the main theme of both my Kindergarten and my second grade math classes was geometry.  We did a number of activities that explored various shapes and their properties, but the biggest hit in both classes was Which one … Continue reading

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Drawing stars and triangles

Last week we did several really fun activities from the book A Collection of Math Lessons, A: Grades 1-3  by Marilyn Burns and Bonnie Tank.  Here is an account of one of them. The activity was “How many stars can … Continue reading

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Playing Math Detectives: First Week of Second Grade Math

The first week in our second grade class we did lots of time traveling.  We played the role of math detectives and helped people from different time periods solve problems.  We also learned about some ancient number systems. On the … Continue reading

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What makes a triangle?

Last weekend we went to a wonderful family camp with an Ancient Greece theme. I was tasked with coming up with a fun, hands-on geometry lesson for 5-7 year olds. These were my criteria for the activity: 1) Easy prep … Continue reading

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