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(with stuff you can find outside!)
Flip through the photo slides above to see instructions and ideas for each of the 4 nature-themed math activities!
1️⃣ Counting & Graphing in nature
2️⃣ Skip-counting in nature
3️⃣ Tally mark twigs
(counting on & grouping)
4️⃣ Tens frame rocks
(base-10, counting on, grouping)
Nature is the best teacher. What else have you learned outside?
MONEY SCOOP GAME
Practicing with coins develops soooo many skills: money fluency, representation (knowing that 1 coin represents a certain amount), skip counting, addition, memory...
Money is just one way we represent numbers. You can explore more by matching coins with other number representations:
(with stuff you already have at home!)
Skip-counting is one of the building-block skills for multiplication. If you have a child or student who is new to multiplication or who needs some review and extra practice, here are some fun hands-on ways to build that skill!
1️⃣ "Fourks" - if you have forks, pen, & paper, you have everything you need to practice the 4s times table. Forks have 4 "tines" on them, so they're a great concrete item for visualizing groups of 4s. Match each fork with a 4s fact. Skip count by 4s. If you have disposable forks, you could write directly on them, glue them down & make an art piece full of facts.
2️⃣ "High Fives" - Make handprints or trace hands. Again, our hands are a great concrete representation for visualizing groups of 5. 🖐️ Same process as above, write a fact for each & skip count by 5s. You could add movement as you skip count, doing actual high fives. Or do this one outside with sidewalk chalk if you have it, or get messy with dirt/ mud handprints if you dare 😆.
3️⃣ Egg Carton Facts - When you finish a cartoon of eggs, save that package & use it for math. Choose any multiple to practice (2s, 6s, 9s...). Place an equal amount of small items (beads, beans, rocks...) In each egg cup, & write a fact to match. Skip count by whatever multiple you chose. 🥚
4️⃣ Bottlecap Facts - Save up the caps from any bottles you use up. Label them with any set of multiples. Skip count by that multiple, & write a fact to match each.
What other ways can you think of to practice multiplication using items found around your home? Let us know! :)
Fraction Clovers & multiplying leaves
Click through photo slides above to read activity ideas for fraction clovers and how to practice multiplication skills in nature
M&M ARRAYS & GROUPS
Two strategies for multiplication & division
Becoming fluent at multiplication is about more that just memorizing facts on a times table (and more fun, too!)
Forming arrays and equal groupings are 2 fundamental skills of multiplication and division.
Students who learn division long after learning multiplication often struggle with the concept. Teaching them both together lends to better understanding. Multiplication and division are just two sides of the same coin!
You can make a simple 12x12 grid to practice arrays just by drawing it on a sheet of paper. Use the straight edge of something to keep the lines straight. Label 1-12 across the top of the grid and down the side. Don't worry too much about spacing; get it close, but it doesn't have to be perfect or measured out in order to be effective!
Similarly, you can draw out a simple workmat for practicing equal groups just by tracing circles on a sheet of paper.
Flip through the photos for activity ideas. Once you have the workmats made, there are tons of possibilities.
Note that my workmats are FAR from perfect-- yours will be fine too. :) It's about usability, not beauty!
Check out the video tutorial for more on equal groupings.
FUN GAME FOR EARLY READING SKILLS
(with stuff you already have at home!)
You can practice some of the basic building blocks of reading -- sounds and syllables -- with this fun hands-on game.
Practice sorting and grouping everyday items by their beginning sounds, middle sounds, or ending sounds. You can also group them by "blend" sounds (EX: frog has a beginning blend of 2 consonant sounds; desk has an ending blend of 2 consonant sounds, etc).
Or, group them by number of syllables.
This game has a bonus skill of critical thinking as you decide different ways to sort and group and think creatively about commonalities and differences.
LEARN EARLY READING SKILLS
Learn Early Reading Skills Through Movement
Tech-free, $-free learning: Sounds & Syllables practice!
Early learners (K-2ish) need learning experiences that meet their developmental needs: movement-based, play-based, & hands-on!
Try these simple and fun activities to practice sounding-out and syllable work, two of the most fundamental skills for becoming a great reader.
See video tutorial for more