Tag Archives: hands-on activity

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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Measuring everything in sight!

Last week, our second grade math class was filled with fun measurement activities, more specifically, measuring length.  Here are some highlights.  A number of the activities were adapted from the Georgia Mathematics Standards of Excellence. For the first activity, I … Continue reading

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I come before you!

Today I had two really fun lessons on the same topic, one with the kindergartners and the second one with the 2nd and 3rd graders combined.  The topic was “when does order matter?” and I began both classes with a … 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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Build and Describe

Two weeks ago in class we did an activity we called “build and describe.”  This is how it worked: First all students got an identical set of blocks (initially two or three, depending on age group).  Next, one student built … Continue reading

Napier’s Bones

Recently, my husband was reading on Wikipedia about John Napier.  He became very intrigued with Napier’s bones, and decided to see whether we can acquire some.  I was very excited by the prospect as I have been lamenting about not … Continue reading

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Learning to fly

This is a guest post by Boris Ovetsky about a recent science class at the Golden Key Russian School.  Enjoy! Starting with Ikarus, we all love to fly. Or at least imagine ourselves flying. We build plane models and kites; … Continue reading

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Nets and Decorations

For the past two weeks, we have been continuing to explore 3D objects, and more specifically their nets.  During the first lesson, we played with the nets of a cube.  The kids were given pictures of hexominoes (arrangements of 6 … Continue reading

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From 3D to 2D and Back

Last class we explored how 3-dimensional objects can be represented in 2 dimensions.  We started with a brief study of the cube; we counted the number of faces, vertices and edges (for some of the younger kids, this was not … Continue reading