Playful Math for Upper Elementary & Middle School
As our children (and their parents!) play around with mathematical ideas and the relationships between them, we develop deep understanding that is strong enough to support future learning.
"Fraction of" problems: "...a method we've used for helping kids develop some conceptual understanding for what happens when they find a fractional part of a set..." Understanding "fraction of" problems lays the foundation for understanding ratios and percents.
Fly Swatter Multiplication Game! Pick a table that you want to learn up to 12. We don't use the 0x? so that there is an even number of squares. Divide the poster board into 12 sections. Write each answer in one of the squares. Roll the math dice using the 7"s. For example you will leave one dice on 7. Roll the other dice. It makes and equation like 7x4. Say it outload "seven times 4 equals?" and using the fly swatter you hit the answer on the poster board!!! Very fun, highly addiciting
investigando con regletas: For example, if we propose to investigate what happens when we add three consecutive numbers , we find this: Children observe and discuss the situation, "the numbers are 3 in 3", "the numbers that come out are in Table 3," etc.. If you ask the question: "If we did with many numbers, do you think that always happen? Children continue to test, and generalize...
When two people try to seamlessly imitate each other, it is not only entertaining to the viewers, but to the performers as well. Invite your kids to try the Mirror Routine: it's funny, and it's a more challenging theater (or symmetry!) game than it looks. More smart symmetry games at www.moebiusnoodle...
Hands-on Multiplication with Legos: "We discovered that each tower has a “match” on the other side of the graph. The colors groupings are not the same, but the height of the to..."