Monday, February 3, 2014

Our Manic Monday Math Lesson

Stuff happens, and sometimes we need a trusty go-to lesson.  For us, it is the game I Spy.  The kids love it, and there are infinite variations.

Here is how I apply it to math basics when we have a manic Monday:

1.  Grab the camera and/or pencil and paper.

2.  Give the kids a specific math concept to look for.  Give them a list and you have an instant Math Scavenger Hunt.

3.  Turn them loose or go with them.  It can be done inside or out, in the backyard or out on a walk.

Here is a list of some basic math concepts to hunt for:
  • Patterns
  • Shapes 
  • Numbers
  • Examples of even and odd numbers
  • Examples of operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Examples of sorting and classification
  • Measurement terms and concepts (heavy/light, long/short, etc.)

Follow Up Projects

  • Create a deck of cards with images and descriptions of the concepts to find. 
  • Make an I Spy Bag with everything already packed up.
  • Make decks of cards for other subjects to throw in the I Spy Bag.
  • Turn your photos into coloring books.

Class Discussion

Share your Manic Any-Day Lessons in the comments.

Happy Homeschooling!
Mrs. Redd

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