Playing with Ordinal Numbers – Math Activities

Ordinal numbers are the words that tell what order objects are in.  First, second, third, fourth, and fifth are the first five ordinal numbers.  While counting is often mastered early by children, it takes longer for children to grasp ordinal numbers.  This means that children should spend more time practicing them.  The good news is that it is easy to use toys to practice

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Fun with Pictographs

A pictograph uses a small picture of some kind to symbolize a number of items.  Being able to read a pictograph is a concept learned early on in elementary math, but it can be a bit confusing at first.  Practicing with pictographs at home can make the concept more hands-on and easier to understand. How To Make a Pictograph Divide a paper into columns

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Types of Graphs – Measurement & Data

One way for children to collect data to graph is for them to ask their family and friends a question as in a simple survey.  For example, the question, “ what is your favorite type of apple?” would lead to perhaps several different types of apples with some being repeated more than others.  They would need to survey a selection of people to collect

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Measurement & Data – Activities Using Food

The first step in learning about measuring and representing data is by collecting the data.  Collecting data can be a fun activity to do at home.  One idea would be to have your child use a cereal or candy that has a variety of colors like Fruit Loops , M & M’s or Skittles.  You can give them a measured amount of the food,

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Practicing Cost with Christmas Catalogs

Christmas season is upon us again, and if your house is anything like mine, you are overflowing with sales flyers.  The flyers are full of fun toys and interesting games and gadgets for kids.  Instead of trying to hide those flyers from your children, why not use them to practice finding the true cost of an item. The True Cost with Sales Tax Children

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Top Online Games and Apps to Practice Measurement and Data

Using technology to reinforce math skills builds intrinsic motivation for children.  There are many online and app activities to practice collecting and graphing data that can be used to help your children practice their math skills at home. Top Online Games and Apps to Practice Measurement and Data Graph Power is a popular children’s graphing app.  This inexpensive app can create bar graphs, line

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Interactive Math Notebook at Home – Review & Connections

In this series on creating an interactive math notebook with your children at home, I have covered the basics knowing what a math notebook consists of, getting the facts down, and suggestions of how to add engaging creative elements.  While much of the fun and time spent with your child is in creating the notebook, the goal is that the notebook will be so

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Number Sense: Deconstructing Numbers

There are many things involved in developing number sense such as learning about place value, number word, and comparing numbers.  Another aspect of number sense is deconstructing numbers. Deconstructing numbers means being able to see a number in terms of other numbers that can be put together to form that number.  There are several ways to practice this concept. Base 10 Frames A base

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Interactive Elements of a Math Notebook

The interactive elements of a math notebook that you will be using at home are what make it most meaningful and engaging for children.  These elements make the notebook a “hands-on” experience for children to practice their math skills. Simple interactive elements that could be added to a math notebook can just be simple printouts from online (or hand drawings) that represent ways to

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Number Sense: Comparing Numbers

Number sense is the ability to understand the relationship between numbers.  It involves knowing place value and recognizing number words.  Another concept that increases number sense is comparing numbers with each other. Comparing Basics When a child compares numbers, they are deciding if a number is greater than, less than, or equal to another number.  Special math symbols are used to indicate these relationships.

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