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Tag Archives: 6 years old
Counting beads
Translated from this post by Jane Kats. Recently, at our math lessons with 56 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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Tagged 4 years old, 5 years old, 6 years old, counting, jane kats, making 10, manipulatives
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Drawing heads, tails, knees, and toes – useful?
Drawing a useful picture or diagram is an important problemsolving 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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Tagged 1st grade, 6 years old, addition, arithmetic, books, drawing, problem solving
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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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Tagged 2nd grade, 5 years old, 6 years old, 7 years old, definitions, fun discussion, geometry, Kindergarten, Main Line Classical Academy, wodb
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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 13 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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Tagged 6 years old, 7 years old, drawing, fun math, Main Line Classical Academy, place value, second grade
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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
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, handson geometry lesson for 57 year olds. These were my criteria for the activity: 1) Easy prep … Continue reading
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Tagged 6 years old, 7 years old, camp, class, Euclid, fun math, geometry, handson activity
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“Where’s the animal?” – A fun game for all ages.
Yesterday, Katie dug up a game that she really liked to play a couple of years ago, but hasn’t played in a while. I was quite surprised to discover that Zoe is now capable of playing and enjoying the game … Continue reading
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Tagged 2 years old, 6 years old, combinatorial games, fun math, games, logic, set theory
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