September 20, 2017
It’s autumn, which means there’s a feeling that cold weather is on its way. A small comfort in the changing weather is that it offers some opportunities for winter math activities.
This delightful book emphasizes several Big Ideas in geometry, as well it provides an opportunity to explore diverse cultures and people.
Children with strong spatial reasoning skills are more likely to succeed in STEM fields later on in life.
A student organizes rocks into different groups based on their unique characteristics.
A kindergarten student organizes a collection of rocks into unique sets. Simple questions can result in explorations in core math concepts such as grouping. In this case, some very unusual groups are created.
Geocaching is an activity that uses the GPS technology on your mobile device to allow for some real-life treasure hunting. It can mathematize otherwise ordinary situations, as it allows children to interact with real-world maps.
A child creates groups out of a collection of rocks.
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll and A Pig is Big by Douglas Florian are two children's story books that present opportunities for children to explore the mathematical concept of measurement, particularly the Big Idea that all measurement involves a "fair" comparison.
After reading Anno’s Counting Book, Nancy Beza at Waters Elementary encouraged her preschoolers to make a list of objects that could be found in a winter scene—snowflakes, trees, etc. Each student created an object from the list to display on a bulletin board.
As a little boy adds more and more trimmings to a snowman on each page, children can chant along and experience the growing pattern: “4 prickly pinecones, 3 striped scarves, 2 bright blue mittens, and a red cap with a gold snap.