Suggestions from the Field
People are sharing such lovely ideas about how families can be doing interesting, engaging math at home. Here are some examples, with commentary about ways to extend or alter them for children of different ages.
October 9, 2020 (Math for the Neighborhood)
When we say “math for the neighborhood” we are thinking of something Math with Me MN calls “Public Math.” They are encouraging people to create and share friendly, approachable activities, in their homes and communities; activities “designed to connect people to each other and to mathematics” and “to reignite joy and play in (distance) learning, and to maximize student agency.” Examples we’ve seen below; lots more of examples @MathWithMeMN. Also, #MathWalk, #SidewalkMath, #PublicMath
August 14, 2020
Crazy Train. Gather a collection of items that have different attributes (e.g. color, has [numbers], made of X, are electronic). Make a line where each object has something in common with the object(s) next to it. How long a train can you make?
More great ideas from @eriksonmath – I particularly like Crazy Train – so simple yet so useful, literally anyone can play it with children wherever they are. I am thinking of introducing it to our lockdown household of adults tonight! https://t.co/kBkYdGj9CN pic.twitter.com/K7bpAQGVSb
— Ruth Trundley (@RuthTrundley) June 1, 2020
Before and After. This game helps children practice what number comes before or after another number – or what’s one more (or less) than a number. You can write the number instead of rolling a die. Older children can practice what’s 10 or 100 more or less than a number.
Young children can practice their number sense skills by rolling dice and identifying what number comes before and after. Thanks to @mpalmer1073 for the creative way to work on counting! @JackmanICS @OISEUofT @APHDatOISE pic.twitter.com/VDGdCuo8Dr
— The Robertson Program (@robertsonprog) May 13, 2020
Splat! Given an image with some number of counters (or coins) and the total showing, figure out how many are (or how much money is) hidden. If you use coins, what combination of coins could be under the splat?
— Naomi Snyder (@MrsNsnyder) May 12, 2020
Meal Prep is a great place to find and talk about math in your family routine. Whether setting the table, following a recipe or doing dishes-there are places to FIND the MATH w/o adding extra time! Check out @DREMEmath @Inv3_Math @eriksonmath! #elemmathchat #iteachmath #MTBoS pic.twitter.com/RY3L4PeW5U
— Southern Nevada RPDP (@SNRPDP) May 19, 2020
If  is the answer, what is the question? Choose an answer. Generate lots of questions that have that answer!
— firstname.lastname@example.org (@MrsStrumsky) May 21, 2020
Math Walk. Go for a walk to see what numbers you can find. Additional challenges by age in the Tweet!
Join me for a #publicmath walk with fire or house numbers!
Elem: How many? What comes next? MS: What’s the largest/smallest number you can make?
HS: How can you make a true equation? Can you do it with less operations? More? @mathwithmeMN #mathwithmeMN pic.twitter.com/Hav13Rryfw
— Megan Rubbelke (@MsRubbelke) May 13, 2020
Garbage. A great game for 2-4 players, using a deck of cards.
This week's math game is Garbage – recommended by a colleague in the district. Focus is on reading, comparing & ordering numbers 1-10.
Full video here: https://t.co/xZdYJzmc08
Resource page here: https://t.co/Ub6Myp6gYO
Math games blog page: https://t.co/xZ6aHZFsx5#sd38learn pic.twitter.com/TJiKpY2b3O
— Janice Novakowski (@jnovakowski38) May 22, 2020
If I know This… Start with something you know. Pose problems that the thing you know can help you solve! (From Jump-Start Routines.)
— John SanGiovanni (@JohnSanGiovanni) May 22, 2020
July 17, 2020 (Math & Art)
This week we’re sharing posts that connect art and mathematics. We hope you find some inspiration in these Tweets!
Calling all @SWO_HWDSB makers, builders, architects & urban planners! Fun to build a cardboard city, town, house or farm! What different kinds of buildings, houses or stores will you want to create? Roads? Signs? How many? Possibilities are endless! #activityoftheday Cardboard! pic.twitter.com/xK1H6BCwqM
— SWO Library Learning Commons HWDSB (@SWOLearningCo) May 25, 2020
It’s a beautiful day today! Get some fresh air and sun! Collect some natural materials & interesting things outside – at a distance of course 😉 Create a beautiful mandala out of your found natural treasures! So much fun & a great #activityoftheday @HWDSB #shareyourart #hwdsbart pic.twitter.com/bQxiZbLtxh
— Karen Wilkins (@ArtsHWDSB) April 3, 2020
June 26, 2020
Counting Books Looking for readalouds? Check out this library, with titles that explore numbers to 10, 20, and 100 and beyond, as well as ideas like 0 and counting by groups.
— LFiNAus (@LFINaus) May 27, 2020
How Many? What can you count? How many do you see? How do you know?
How many? What do you notice? What can you count? What story is here? #unitchat #ElemMathChat #coreadvocate #tmwyk #HowMany #numbertalkimages @Trianglemancsd thanks for the How Many inspo! pic.twitter.com/Dktep3yC2a
— Annie (@anniesmith821) June 17, 2020
Fun with Paper Airplanes Make a paper airplane. Throw it at a target with several holes, each labeled with a different number. Keep score!
Check this out!
Alter the numbers to suit your child. Talk about different planes, where to stand/why, force… add up the score, the difference between the scores of you/partner, how many throws to get to 50, 100? @CliftonPS @MsEEpler #math #1stchathttps://t.co/EQBcJjUcCW
— Mrs. Stajduhar’s Class (@MrsStajduhar1A) May 12, 2020
The Horse Problem Good for young and old alike. How did you think about it? How would you convince someone else your thinking makes sense? Acting it out can be a helpful strategy!
Need a math problem? Try the Horse Problem. Good for kids & adults. I just posted it on my Marilyn Burns Math YouTube channel. A way to keep busy as I'm sheltered in place. pic.twitter.com/Ki8kOGtyBm
— Marilyn Burns (@mburnsmath) March 19, 2020
How Many Are Hidden? If there are 4 faces total, how many are hidden under the purple cloud? How do you know? Can you use numbers to show what you know? Use this scenario to make up problems at home!
— Mrs.Melnik's Kinders (@ThompsonK102) May 19, 2020
A Growing Pattern Can you figure out what comes next? Build it and check. Can you keep extending it? Challenge: How many will be in the 10th row? Can you figure it out without building each row?
— Waskosky, Stacy Ann (@stacywaskosky) May 15, 2020
June 19, 2020
Ways to Show a Number How many different ways can you find to show 8?
One activity on this weeks distance learning board asked children to “show” numbers in a variety of ways. This picture was sent to me from one of my Kindy families. 💙💛 @Inv3_Math @BlanchardMem @mrshainesmath @SharonRyan34 @ABschools pic.twitter.com/PyQdpYOomy
— kristen kilcommins (@kpkkind) May 13, 2020
Patterns What do you have at home that you could use to make a pattern? How do you know what comes next?
Phase 3 today. The students get to create their own visual patterns. This little girl is bringing me all kinds of joy! #mathwithmeMN #mathwithmeSPPS @maijue_spps @Hans_G_Ott @Craig_SPPS check out this amazing distance learning. pic.twitter.com/EfFzRDjvHQ
— Waskosky, Stacy Ann (@stacywaskosky) May 15, 2020
Math with Water Balloons So many ways to think about this activity! Label water balloons with numbers, kids run to put them in order. Label water balloons with facts, kids run to put them on their sum/difference/product/quotient. What other games can you create?
Warm weather is here! Why not add some extra playfulness to the play? The task: be the first to get 5 water balloons in order from least to greatest. Don’t let any pop! You need 5! pic.twitter.com/A3zpdRiYml
— Melanie White (@MWteaches) May 15, 2020
Would You Get Rich? If you offer to do a chore for 1¢ on day 1, 2¢ on day 2, 4¢ on day 3, 8¢ on day 4…how much would you make in a week? 2 weeks? One month?
An oldie, but maybe not for kids at home. From The I Hate Mathematics! Book. pic.twitter.com/R9zFPtO7lf
— Marilyn Burns (@mburnsmath) May 20, 2020
Fraction Talks with Legos If the green Lego is one, how much is the brown? See the @up_teach timeline for many “remixes” of this image. Have Legos at home? Make your own!
Turns out the amazing #fractiontalks we shared last week was actually created by Amir's 5th-grade daughter, Maayan!🤯 Right?!
— UpTeach (@up_teach) May 11, 2020
Guess My Rule Can you guess how this family has sorted itself? Try finding a way to sort your family. Encourage people to ask questions, to figure out how you sorted.
Activity Idea: Connecting School and Home with Math
All members of a household have things in common & things that set them apart. Exploring important ways that loved ones go together and what makes them unique involves both mathematical thinking & FUN.https://t.co/lHACHHSoI9 pic.twitter.com/HbgnY8GGz0
— Erikson Early Math (@eriksonmath) May 22, 2020
Toss and Add Make targets with different amounts. Toss small objects. Add your points. How else could you play?
Fun outdoor math game to play at home🍃🌺🌞! Toss a small object and add up the totals🖍️. You can even make matching equations with sidewalk chalk too💚💙! Love this creative game that you can modify easily too! 🙂😎#mathisfun #learningisfun #outside #kids pic.twitter.com/tLLjt8fFsn
— Britni Vienna (@MrsViennaOR) May 12, 2020
Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe Learn to play Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe.
Here's my adaptation of Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe to work with Google Slides. Check out the video to learn how to play it and click the link to download your free copy of the file. Thanks to @benorlin and @JessicaTilli1 for the ideas. #distancelearning https://t.co/Zka5tkOezv pic.twitter.com/91B94Tv6ph
— Mike Flynn (@MikeFlynn55) May 22, 2020
June 12, 2020 (How Many? Images)
How many? How many squares? … How many squares are outlined with color? How many squares aren’t totally outlined in color? … How many squares are outlined using one color? two colors? 3 colors? … What else can you count? … And, always, how do you know?
— Heidi Fessenden 🌎 (@heidifessenden) May 23, 2020
How Many? How many eggs in one full box? How many eggs in each box? How many empty spots? How do you know?
Hard-boiling 1 dozen eggs for tonight’s Seder and Easter egg dyeing. Playing around with arranging them in the 18 egg carton. Might use these for some #remotelearning #QuickImages… #MTBoS pic.twitter.com/FfZVFjm4GL
— Jonathan Edmonds (@jnathanedmonds) April 9, 2020
How Many? How many bricks? …. How many white? How many red? … What fraction is white? What fraction is red? … How much paint to finish the job?
Ask your kids: what fraction of this wall is painted white? What makes they say that number? If it took 1 gallon of paint to cover this many bricks, how much more paint to finish the job? 😀 #ParentsCount #STEAM pic.twitter.com/uSSpkYQwUV
— Bedtime Math (@BedtimeMath) June 1, 2020
June 5, 2020 (Geometry)
2-D and 3-D Shapes What can you find, draw, or build at home? What’s the same about 2-d and 3-d shapes? What’s different?
— Aᴍʏ Sɴɪᴅᴇʀ – HRCE Mᴀᴛʜ (@asnider_teach) May 22, 2020
Shapes with Chips Do you have chips or other snacks at home? What shape is one? What shapes can you make with more than one?
— Amanda Fox (@amanda_renard) May 22, 2020
Sidewalk Math Make a design and then ask some questions about it! See sample questions at YouCubed.org.
This is why we love math so much! Mrs. Gruber-Kelley's class connected art with math using this wonderful design question:https://t.co/ulESRLiOzc Thank you to Mrs. G-K and her student for sharing! @wrdsb @youcubed pic.twitter.com/TRNIyuyGEi
— Northlake Woods PS (@NLW_PS) May 1, 2020
Shapes with Cereal Are there shapes in your cereal? Which ones? Can you combine those shapes to make other shapes?
— Jayne Breton: HRCE Math Coach (@JBretonmath) May 22, 2020
Making Shapes What can you make with toothpicks and clay? Can you make shapes with 3 sides? with 4? (Open the thread to see examples of what children do.)
Three side and four sided shapes. Way to go!!! Love the smile. Thank you! ❤️👧❤️😁❤️👧❤️👧😍👧 pic.twitter.com/H7InQFZhTK
— Ms.Rosario (@Mrs_ERosario) May 21, 2020
Sidewalk Math Have tape and sidewalk chalk? (Or, paper, a marker, and crayons?) Try this sidewalk math challenge.
Using tape in straight lines, create an image that has many triangles & quads. Colour each section with as few colours as possible (no adjacent sections coloured the same).
Follow up questions:
-what shapes do you see? Describe them
-find congruent angles or similar shapes pic.twitter.com/Lhed8tkwam
— Mark Chubb (@MarkChubb3) May 19, 2020
May 29, 2020
Shut the Box Practice addition combinations and think about strategy. Directions here.
Ask and you shall receive @MWteaches . So many Twitter educators have shared awesome activities. Here is a humble attempt at creating the purposeful fun of Shut The Box with egg cartons and rolled up tin foil balls. https://t.co/7yxGMMj82l pic.twitter.com/CEl9ryGduR
— Susan Carlon-Giles (@Carlongilesmath) May 1, 2020
Angles in Your Name What kinds of angles can you find in your name?
— Jill Sirlin (@JillSirlin) April 30, 2020
Measuring with Feet Measure something with your feet. How many feet is it? What if your younger sibling measures the same thing with their feet? What if an adult measures the same thing with their feet? Will their results be bigger, smaller, or the same? Why do you think so?
Use your feet to measure something today! What’s the longest thing you can find? Shortest? How many steps do you count if an adult measures the same item with his or her feet? What do you notice? Bring a clipboard with you and record your findings. #joyfulmath #MTBoS #homeschool pic.twitter.com/tMDkouSvn0
— Deanna McLennan Ph.D (@McLennan1977) April 24, 2020
Multiplication How would you explain to someone how how much fruit you’d need to eat 5 pieces a day for 8 days?
I overheard my five year old ask my almost-8-year-old how much fruit you would need if you ate 5 pieces of fruit a day for 8 days 🤷♀️… I asked how she figured it out and this was her explanation! pic.twitter.com/9t28oHv8Rx
— Frances Beaudin (@FrancesBeaudin) May 6, 2020
Four 4’s The challenge: use four 4’s and any of the operations to make all of the numbers from 0-20. For example (4+4) – (4+4) = 0.
💡May the "four 4s" be with you! Can we find every number between 0 and 20 using only four 4⃣'s and any operation? Try these operators +, -, x, /, ( ) (brackets), . (decimal point), x2 (square), √square root and ! (factorial). #wcdsbmath @WCDSBNewswire https://t.co/lMOeW5jmxk
— Petra Le Duc (@DucPetra) May 4, 2020
May 22, 2020
Representing Counting by Groups of 2 How could you show counting by 2s with things at home?
Hi F2! Today we have made a counting caterpillar, using plates and socks, to help practise counting in 2’s. Can you practise counting in 2’s? Here is a link to a counting in 2’s song to help you….https://t.co/e4Vm0HNIfQ#CPSPelican #CPSPhoebe pic.twitter.com/Ytiutc9UWR
— Collingwood Primary (@CollingwoodP_S) April 29, 2020
Describing a Cube Can you find examples of a cube at home? How would you describe them? How many faces? How many vertices?
After doing a Shape Scavenger Hunt to practice the properties of 3D and 2D shapes, E describes the properties of a cube. There are so many benefits in hands-on learning! #trinitylearns #MBtos #virtuallearning #distancelearning pic.twitter.com/cfLiQNEEix
— Kerry Coote (@CooteMrs) May 1, 2020
Sopa de Números What equations can you find? (Also, the Chapman #MathPlay Activity Series releases a new video for families every Friday at noon.)
— Cathery Yeh (@YehCathery) May 1, 2020
Roller Derby Practice sums, and think about strategy (probability)! Directions here.
L went for the fancy buttons in our Roller Derby rematch! It’s such a good game with lots to notice & conjecture about. As we tallied our sums, she decided we should use the buttons we pulled off the board if we could, which let us see our actual roles & initial placement. #tmwyk pic.twitter.com/II6gfOxBTD
— Mark Trushkowsky (@mtrushkowsky) April 30, 2020
A Venn Diagram Puzzle Can you find a number that fits each region in the diagram? Challenge: Make a Venn Diagram puzzle for someone else to solve!
— Traci Jackson (@traciteacher) April 26, 2020
Decompose a Box Find a box. Try to imagine what it will look like if you take it apart so that it’s flat. What do you think it will look like? This thread shows one teacher’s instructions and lots of children’s work!
This was the task… pic.twitter.com/ZwOfF3hTL2
— Nicole Medina (@NMedina5) May 8, 2020
12 Coins, 1 Dollar. I have 12 coins. I have one dollar total. What could I have? Is there more than one solution? Challenge: Write a coin riddle for someone else to solve!
— Thy Dinh (@Dinhclass) April 30, 2020
Circles and Stars Roll two dice to generate the number of circles (groups), and the number of stars in each group. How many stars? Can you write a multiplication equation for each round?
Circle and Stars – a classic math game by @mburnsmath to introduced the concept of multiplication.
Full video here: https://t.co/Q36pZTdIeA
Resource document here: https://t.co/Qv6VVqcBl8#sd38learn pic.twitter.com/IlRESgV938
— Janice Novakowski (@jnovakowski38) May 4, 2020
May 15, 2020
Math & Motion Do some math while getting some exercise!
Before lunch, I found my son and his mum playing a game on the drive. She was shouting instructions like “plus 3”, “take 2”, “double it”, “halve it”, etc. and he was scooting to the right number. Apparently he insisted on having 0 and -1 in the mix! pic.twitter.com/7Xmw58MG1d
— Peter Rowlett (@peterrowlett) April 27, 2020
A Number Hunt What numbers can you find? Can you find decimal numbers? What do the numbers tell you?
— Matthew Little HRCE Math N.S. 🇨🇦 (@MrLittle123) April 23, 2020
Race to Fill. Roll, add, and put a [grape] in the answer. For older kids: roll, add, and multiply by 7. Race to fill all the sections.
Another simple activity to set up and easy to differentiate (YR and Y3 here). We turned it into a race to fill all the sections and they loved it! 😊#homeschooling #homelearning #MathsEveryoneCanAtHome #math pic.twitter.com/9mYFskVrby
— Maths 4 Kids (@Maths4Kids) April 18, 2020
How many windows? Young children can think about 1 or a few floors and how they know. Older children can think about more floors, and whether they can figure out the number of windows on [10 or 20] floors without first figuring out 1-9 or 1-19 floors.
— Bedtime Math (@BedtimeMath) April 21, 2020
Fractions of Squares Do you see 1/4 in the image? Can you see 1/4 another way? How would that change if the teal and yellow sections together equal 1? Additional images and challenges: image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5. (Inspired by Traci Jackson’s Math Walks and Nat Banting’s Fraction Talks.)
What do you notice? How many ways do you see 1/4? What if 1=teal+yellow? What fraction is gray? What other questions could you ask? #mathwalk @takemathoutside @FractionTalks pic.twitter.com/8W7aYSEvvo
— Trish Kepler (@KeplerTrish) April 25, 2020
Comparing Nonstandard Units Find different objects you can use to measure length. Compare how many of each it takes to measure the same length. Which results in the largest measurement? the shortest? Why do you think that is?
✅ a table?
✅ a foot?
✅ a door?
— Aᴍʏ Sɴɪᴅᴇʀ – HRCE Mᴀᴛʜ (@asnider_teach) April 17, 2020
How Many Legs? Given a number of legs, how many people are there? How many animals with 4 legs? What if there are a combination of people and 4-legged animals? What if ther’s a mix of 2- and 6- and 8-legged creatures?
After listening to ‘How Many Legs? By Brian Tickle and Beth Lewis read by @CooteMrs. E works at identifying which animals could be in the field if there are 26 legs total – given 2,6, 8 legged animals only! #trinitylearns #virtuallearning #distancelearning pic.twitter.com/80ygQz6vz5
— Kerry Coote (@CooteMrs) May 4, 2020
A Problem about Money A problem from Marilyn Burns. Open the thread for further challenges!
For your students . . . or family . . . or you? Spend $1.85 & pay with a $10.00 bill & you get $8.15 in change. The digits in the change are the same as the digits in what you spent. Can you find other amounts that work this way? I think there are four. pic.twitter.com/sDzpE1OHIp
— Marilyn Burns (@mburnsmath) April 19, 2020
How many cuts? How many slices? What’s the least number of slices you can make with 5 cuts? The most? What if you cahnge the number of cuts?
#SidewalkMath This is kids' favorite exploration: how many "slices" can you make when cutting a pizza, say, 5 times? Kid found 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12…Kids' conjecture: You can't get less than 6. Next Q: how do you know? (Next next Q: what is the largest?) #tmwyk #MTBoS pic.twitter.com/ji1OctqDdL
— Teresa Lara-Meloy (@teresalarameloy) April 23, 2020
What fraction is [gray]? Can you figure out what fraction of the square is each color? What color/colors would make up half of the shape? a fourth?
Today the Gr 5 students are looking at this; so far they're doing really well, finding all sorts of ways of making their fractions. Good for my mental addition! pic.twitter.com/YSXlM4IZ7J
— Simon Gregg (@Simon_Gregg) April 27, 2020
May 8, 2020
Sidewalk Geometry Make an outline using one color chalk or tape. Color the shapes. How many [triangles, shapes with 4 sides]? Challenge: Challenge kids to design the outline. Can you make one that only uses [triangles]?
— Heidi Fessenden 🌎 (@heidifessenden) April 12, 2020
Strike It Out In this game, Player 1 chooses two numbers to cross out on the numberline and then finds and circles the sum or difference of those two numbers. Player 2 crosses out that circled number, chooses another to cross out, and circles the sum or difference. The winner? The player who prevents their opponent from being able to take a turn. (Directions, from @nrichmaths.)
Maths at home! Back to @nrichmaths for another problem-solving based game (involving addition and subtraction within 20), including video instructions. Lots of mathematical reasoning about what is and isn't possible is likely. See: https://t.co/Ont82cN8Ra #homeschooling pic.twitter.com/XN9pgGMU6D
— Nathan Crook (@NJC_Ed_Maths) April 20, 2020
Show Multiplication What can you find to show multiplication? You can use groups, an array, or an area model. How does it show multiplication?
— Cathleen Sanchez (@solveitinthird) April 21, 2020
Fraction Equivalents How many different ways could you make 3/4 cup with the measuring cups shown? 3/8? 5/8?
At home math challenge: Making a recipe that calls for 3/4 a cup of flour. Using the measuring cups shown, how many different ways can you think of to measure 3/4? What about 3/8? 5/8? #iteachmath #MTBoS pic.twitter.com/5Tw9W7GSqi
— Kelly Gartside (@KellyGartside) April 21, 2020
Make a Number Search Roll a die to generate numbers. Write the numbers in an empty grid. Then, circle the cominations of . Remember, you can make 10 with more than 2 numbers!
Made up a Number Search this morning. She rolled the dice to generate numbers, then we took turns circling neighboring numbers that make 10. Kept track with tallies. Great lo-tech fun! #mtbos #numbersense #screenfreetime pic.twitter.com/cFSUGObDLC
— Jonathan Edmonds (@jnathanedmonds) April 17, 2020
Race to 100 Players take turns rolling 2 dice and deciding whether to add, subract, multiply or divide the two numbers and move that number of spaces on the chart. The goal: get to 100. (The directions, from @YouCubed)
— Erin McCain (@ErinLMcCain) April 20, 2020
15 in Groups How many ways can you put 15 in 4 groups?
Another for kids at home: Look for ways that 15 objects can be put into four piles so each pile has a different number of objects in it. A challenge: How many ways are possible? pic.twitter.com/eui1Tqx7rN
— Marilyn Burns (@mburnsmath) April 22, 2020
Collecting Data Decide on something to collect data about at home or in your neighborhood. Discuss how to collect the data and then collect it. Discuss what it tells you and any new questions it raises. You might want to refine your method (e.g., I think we should only count people once). Once you are happy with your method, collect data for a few days, and compare the data. Is it similar or different? Why do you think so?
Collecting data in our neighborhood. We thought about some important questions:
-If we saw the same person twice, do we count them once or twice?
-What should we do if they have a mask but it’s not on?
-Why are some people wearing masks and others not? pic.twitter.com/aOlZQgWOT7
— Kassia Wedekind (@kassiaowedekind) April 21, 2020
1,000 Bullseye This game – from Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks – involves addition, multiplication, and strategy!
#dailySTEM #burnabylearns math game 1000 Bullseye…roll the dice, and x or + to get your score. Keep a running total. Doubles or scoring a multiple of 100 earns an extra turn. First to 1000 wins. Play with 10, 12 or even 20 sided dice to increase challenge. pic.twitter.com/GG9R5SKKAR
— Donna Morgan (@DonnaMorgan8) April 17, 2020
May 1, 2020
A Counting Book Can you find 1, 2, 3…10 of something at home? Make a counting book about what you find.
— Katrina Kradel Mills (@millsmath) April 11, 2020
An Array Hunt Outside Look for arrays in your neighborhood. What can you find? For each, think about how many rows? How many columns? How many in all?
Real life arrays – go on a scavenger hunt in your outdoor space and see how many you can find. Help young children explore multiplicative thinking using interesting visuals. Reframe multiplication by helping kids consider numbers in groups. #joyfulmath #MTBoS #mathchat #outdoors pic.twitter.com/D6xmQ9aZYV
— Deanna McLennan Ph.D (@McLennan1977) April 9, 2020
Socks More math with the laundry. How many socks? How many pairs can we make? Then, make pairs of matching socks. How many pairs did we make? How many leftovers?
This should take us a while, but we are going to figure it out. We finally can’t use the excuse, “we’re never home” to pair our socks 🧦 pic.twitter.com/wvawEvjUHa
— kristin welch (@hellokritty) March 20, 2020
Make an Equation Can you put symbols between the numbers so that the equation equals 100? Is there more than one way? (See more ideas at Math Walks.)
— Traci Jackson (@traciteacher) April 19, 2020
Make an Array What do you have at home that you can use to make an array? Think about: how many rows? How many columns? How many [tots]?
— Bedtime Math (@BedtimeMath) April 7, 2020
Race for 10 A demonstration of Race for 10, an adaptation of Race for 20, a game from Marilyn Burns. (See her blog about it here.)
— Bonnie Lorentz (@bslorentz) March 30, 2020
Coins Given a set of coins, what do you notice? Can you sort them in some way that makes sense to you? How would you describe your groups? (See examples in the thread.)
The 5 year old claims I tricked her into doing work. She’s not wrong. We’re sorting by attribute & counting. pic.twitter.com/zynkGKSD09
— Jovan Miles (@JovanDM) April 2, 2020
Running the Facts Write a set of “facts” — e.g., “the doubles” in this example — without the answers, on paper. Children figure out the answers — and decide where to write them on the sidewalk or driveway. (If inside, they can make another set of cards with the answers, and place those around the space they’ll be playing in.) To play, flip a card with a fact and run to place it on the answer. Repeat until all the cards are placed. At the end, double check that the cards are correctly placed. Try to improve your time.
— Kim Pratt (@KimSheapratt) April 7, 2020
A Painting Project Solve a multi-step problem about an at-home project!
What do you notice? Wonder? Each pane is about 29 cm x 17 cm, how much painter's tape will I need? A can a paint covers 35-45 sq. m., I have about 1/3 can left, do I have enough paint? 2 coats? 3 coats? Don't forget about the other side of the door & door frame. #HRCEmath pic.twitter.com/uzCevMujNo
— Tina Egan, HRCE Math (@TinaEganHRSB) April 14, 2020
April 24, 2020
A Number Hunt Look for numbers in your neighborhood. What do the numbers tell you? Can you put them in order?
During my walks I’ve been on a number hunt each day. Falcons put these numbers in order. When you’re outside start looking for numbers too! pic.twitter.com/6YaSW9LW9c
— St. Philip School (@StPhilipOCSB) March 28, 2020
An Array Hunt Look for arrays at home. What can you find? For each one you find, think about how many rows? How many columns? How many items in all?
Grade 2’s are on an array hunt and are sharing their thinking digitally, on paper, and through photos. Loving having the opportunity to provide feedback and further challenges throughout the day. @WilfridJuryPS pic.twitter.com/89u97Epplw
— Kiersten McBurney (Wrona) (@mrsmcb_edu) April 8, 2020
Measuring with Non-Standard Units How long is your [arm, leg] if you use your socks to measure? How many socks tall are you? What if it doesn’t take an exact number of socks? Challenge: Do you think it will take more of your socks or Dad’s socks to measure your height? Why do you think so? Can you estimate how many of Dad’s socks it will take? How would you think about that?
I can’t remember where on Twitter I saw the suggestion of measuring heights with socks (for ks1) but it went down very well here. Led to some discussion of quarters of socks and odd and even numbers. #tmwyk pic.twitter.com/n9oq36qwwl
— Julia Treen (@FlashJangle) April 7, 2020
Sidewalk Geometry Make an outline using one color chalk or tape. Color the shapes. Challenge: Challenge kids to design the outline. Can you make one that only uses [triangles]?
— Kaitlyn Gaik (@KaitlynGaik) April 4, 2020
Toilet Paper Math This thread of Tweets shows how one jumbo package of toilet paper can present a context for multistep problems. 1) How many rolls? How do you know? 2) How many packs? How many in a pack? 3) If we split the rolls equally between our two bathrooms, how many will each bathroom get?
How many rolls of toilet paper? She counted by 5s and then when she flipped it over she counted on from 15 to 30. pic.twitter.com/R8RBfg3XwC
— Kassia Wedekind (@kassiaowedekind) April 2, 2020
Games on a Number Line Draw a number line and think about games you can play on it. Try them out!
6yo invented a new game today. Make a number line with chalk and then solve addition and subtraction questions by hopping forwards or backwards! We also played “pine cone numbers” (throw the pine cone and name two numbers that add up to that number). #LearningAtHome #mathchat pic.twitter.com/e9HY91Xlcr
— Ms. Kimiko Shibata 🇨🇦 (@ESL_fairy) April 1, 2020
Acting Out Ten In Bed Find a story or song about a group that grows or shrinks by 1 (e.g., Ten in Bed). Ask your child to act it out, and figure out how many after each one comes or leaves. Challenge: Can you show it on paper? Older children can do the same for a story about a group that grows in a different way (1+2+3+4+5), for example, “How many fruits did the Very Hungry Caterpillar eat by the end of Friday?” Or, “When all of the animals were together, how many were on the journey in Rooster’s Off to See the World?” (This story reverses midway, with groups of 5, then 4, then 3, then 2 leaving.)
Today we have used the number rhyme ‘10 in a Bed’ to practise finding 1 less. Could you use your teddies to practise this too? Can you write the number sentences to match? Here is a link to the rhyme so you can sing along…..https://t.co/S5UXurBSh9#CPSpelican #CPSPhoebe pic.twitter.com/VkeOOC9YgT
— Collingwood Primary (@CollingwoodP_S) April 2, 2020
Perimeter Around the House Can you use your hands or feet to measure the perimeter — the length around the edge of an object — of things at home? What if you measure the same thing first with your feet, then with your hands? Which do you think will give the bigger/smaller result? How much bigger/smaller? Why?
— Kristen Popke (@Krit_Popke) April 9, 2020
Complete a Street Maze Draw the maze pictured below – on a driveway, a sidewalk, or a piece of paper. Then, follow the directions and see if you can solve it! (This maze is an adaptation of an Adrian Fisher maze from the book Quick Mazes.)
It's a street maze! To play..
1. Start on the 1 in the bottom centre square
2. Then, jump 1 space in any direction (F,B,L,R) but NOT diagonal.
3. You can jump in any direction the number of squares indicated by the square you’re standing on.
4. Your aim is to reach the heart. pic.twitter.com/niZpJYlhXZ
— Juliet Robertson, CF (@CreativeSTAR) April 15, 2020
Fermi Problems Sometimes, we wonder about “maths problems we will never know the exact answer to” (according to genderi.org/enrico-fermi-b,) – otherwise known as Fermi problems. Look for opportunities to ask such questions and think about how you would estimate an answer to them.
We are harnessing our inner Fermi’s and starting some estimation problems around our house based on comments that get made… let’s see what we come up with throughout the day! #iteachmath #brokencamera pic.twitter.com/BV9uX3ID3r
— Sarah Strong (@sstrong57) April 8, 2020
April 17, 2020
Paper Chains Using 2 pieces of paper, what’s the longest paper chain you can make?
— Ms. Miller (@MTL_CS_Miller1) April 2, 2020
Measuring with Nonstandard Units Use a non-standard measurement unit (e.g., same-sized blocks or legos, paper clips, birthday candles, or spoons) to measure things around your home. How can you show what you found on paper? Extension: Find things to measure where there are multiple, different examples (e.g., dandelions in the yard, feet in your house). Put them in order and make comparisons like, “The smallest dandelion was one cube. The tallest was 5. The tallest is 4 more than the smallest.”
Using nonstandard objects from around the house (blocks, legos) to measure treasures from nature. Record your observations in different ways. What’s the tallest dandelion you can find? #joyfulmath #MTBoS #homeschooling #outdoors pic.twitter.com/uAkG5a3huo
— Deanna McLennan Ph.D (@McLennan1977) April 7, 2020
Guess My Number Use a 100 chart, 501-600 chart, a section of a 100 chart, or a list of written numbers to help you keep track of what you learn with each guess!
OCTM Daily Math Activity: Play Guess My Number with someone! Try to guess the other person's number using Yes or No questions. How many questions did it take for you to guess the number? Which questions help you narrow down what the number could be more efficiently? #OCTMconnects pic.twitter.com/9ryDsRaHUq
— OCTM (@ohioctm) March 19, 2020
Save Twenty In this @mathforlove game, players roll dice with the goal of getting as close to (or exactly) 20 without going over. Players roll 5 dice, “save” as many as they like each round, and roll any they don’t save again. After 4 rounds, add the amounts on the dice to get your score. If your total is over 20, your score is 0. Play a set number of games. The person with the highest score wins.
We closed out math time today playing the game Save Twenty. You roll 5 dice. You can save dice and reroll others up to four rolls. If you make a total less than 20 that's your score. If your total is over 20 your score is 0. #tmwyk https://t.co/p4pLuBRYUv
— Brian Bushart (@bstockus) March 31, 2020
Sums to 1,000 Use the numbers 1-9 to make three 3-digit numbers that sum as close as possible to 1,000.
If you're looking for math problems that your children will love, will them understand math better, and will KEEP THEM BUSY, then check out https://t.co/1NmQkkobqU. Here's an example that works from about grade 3 through adult. https://t.co/fpFoStqoQu @openmiddle pic.twitter.com/4TD7fCqKz3
— Robert Kaplinsky (@robertkaplinsky) March 24, 2020
Sidewalk Geometry Fill an outline with colored shapes. How many of each? Extension: Challenge kids to design the outline. Can you make one that only uses [quarilaterals]?
— Christina Galvano (@lili_nickmom) April 4, 2020
A Measurement Hunt Make a ruler that is one-inch long, or that is made of 12 1-ich blocks, or use a regular ruler to go on a hunt for things that are [one inch, less than one inch, more than one inch] long or wide or tall.
— Mark Trushkowsky (@mtrushkowsky) April 1, 2020
Salute Two players hold up a card (1-10) they can’t see; the 3rd player gives the sum (or product). Players figure out what’s on their card, using the information on the other card. Directions and adaptations for Salute.
— Marilyn Burns (@mburnsmath) March 26, 2020
Making Shapes A tutorial that will teach you how to use paper to make a pointed star.
Today's project is something to make with math/art to make connections with others. A simple construction, with units scaled by golden ratio to make a 5, 6, 7 ? (your choice) pointed star to send in the mail or hang in your window. https://t.co/qDI18eKMz6 #papermath pic.twitter.com/TVWKKUdaBX
— Paula Beardell Krieg (@PaulaKrieg) March 27, 2020
Math with Snack Count how many of each color. Count how many altogether. What fraction is each color? How would you put your fractions in order on a number line?
— Laura Wagenman (@laura_wagenman) March 30, 2020
April 10, 2020
Find the Numbers and Make a Number Line Hide numbers around the house for students to find. Put them in order to make an at-home number line!
Today I challenged Jacob to a number hunt around the house. He had lots of fun searching for the numbers and then used them to make his own number line. Could you go on a number hunt around your house?#CPSPelican #CPSPhoebe pic.twitter.com/1jYmaLahrM
— Collingwood Primary (@CollingwoodP_S) March 30, 2020
Make a Puzzle Use the front of a cereal or other box to make a puzzle.
Looking for an easy DIY puzzle? Recycle box tops from your cupboard by cutting the front side into a puzzle. Increase the difficulty of the puzzle by cutting the pieces smaller, or encourage your child to cut his or her own pieces. #joyfulmath #MTBoS #homeschooling #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/dKN6dSdyiT
— Deanna McLennan Ph.D (@McLennan1977) March 30, 2020
Sums to 100 Use the numbers 1-9 to make 3 two-digit numbers that sum as close as possible to 100.
OCTM Daily Math Activity: Using the digits 1-9, at most one time each, fill in the boxes to get a sum as close to 100 as possible. Is it possible to get a sum of 100? What was your strategy at first? How did your strategy change with different attempts? #OCTMconnects pic.twitter.com/FA8wj50kHL
— OCTM (@ohioctm) March 20, 2020
A Nature Hunt What can you find outside? How many different kinds of things? How many of each kind? Can you make a graph that shows what you found? What does the graph tell you?
Inspired by @Kim_D_ONeal morning meeting to do some graphing this morning. Beau had to find objects first then graph it. Love outdoor math #thecoleway @NISDElemMath @NISDCole pic.twitter.com/wsiPyCZWOu
— Crystal Wilder (@crystalmwilder) March 24, 2020
Counting Tangerines Find situations to pose questions about counting. Ask, “How many [pieces of tangerine]? How do you know?” And, “How many [tangerines] total do you think I used? Why do you think so?”
Abuelita arranged these tangerines 🍊 and then asked her 2 grandchildren: “¿Cuántas mandarinas hay?¿Cómo lo sabes?” /How many tangerines? How do you know?” My ❤️ is full!! #countingcollectionsathome pic.twitter.com/QLbMZODvD3
— Karen S. Recinos (@recinossuly) April 1, 2020
Sprout A game that requires only pencil and paper. Easy enough for the very young, with lots for older children and adults to think about.
— Marilyn Burns (@mburnsmath) March 28, 2020
A Number Hunt at Home What numbers can you find at home? What do the numbers you find represent?
— Jennifer Nania (@jennifer_nania) March 24, 2020
Draw a Clock Challenge children to draw a clock. Add hands to practice telling time.
Outdoor Math: Drawing the clock face, writing the numbers, placing the minute and hour hands to practice telling time to the hour and half-hour! #trinitylearns #virtuallearning #distancelearning pic.twitter.com/uTzbDiXLH7
— Kerry Coote (@CooteMrs) March 30, 2020
Equivalent Problems Use the numbers 1-9 to make this equation true: ___ = ____ + ___ = ___ + ___ + ____. Then, explain your thinking, just like Lila.
— Daniel Kaufmann (@KauDan721) March 26, 2020
Math & Art Draw a rectangle with lines breaking it into many different shapes for students to color. They can figure out how many shapes, how many different kinds of shapes, how many of each kind of shape, and how many colors they used. A different challenge: What is the least number of colors you can use to color this space if you can’t use the same colors on adjacent shapes? (graph theory)
Excellent design! we did this too, but did #graphtheory instead: what is the least number of colors you can use to color this space if you can't use the same colors on adjacent shapes … and we ended up with four. (wall was too bumpy; next time sidewalk!) #MTBoS pic.twitter.com/xQU80M6MQG
— Teresa Lara-Meloy (@teresalarameloy) March 30, 2020
April 3, 2020
A Color Hunt Children who are beginning to learn about attributes and sorting can sort a set of objects by color, or go on a search for objects to sort by color. Discuss the ones that raise questions, e.g., objects that are more than one color. (Note: This activity comes from:
Morning #tmwyk, taken from Days with Grey (https://t.co/o2zPAZRM0A). "The dinosaur is purple, but the wheels are orange!" "Okay, so where will you put it?" [Thinks and inspects the toy, turning it over and around] "Purple!" We also talked about which color has the most objects. pic.twitter.com/xLmXgoTczb
— Ashli (@Mythagon) March 23, 2020
Shape Hunts Students can look for 2-D shapes, 3-D shapes, shapes with  sides, shapes with  faces, or [triangles] or [cubes].
Hey Kindergarten #irascholars ! We are identifying and describing 3D shapes in math… cubes, cylinders, spheres, comes and pyramids! Check out the examples of these Teagan Davis of these around her house! Tag us in pictures of your 3D shape hunt! pic.twitter.com/s8rTh2zF9c
— Indian River Academy (@IndianRiverAcad) March 19, 2020
Drawing Shapes Challenge your child to draw different shapes. You can ask for a particular shape – “Can you draw a square?” – or for a shape with a particular attribute – “Can you draw a shape with 3 straight sides?”. Extension: Draw as many different examples of shapes with 4 sides you think of. What makes them different? How many can we name? (Printable dot paper. Do the activity online.)
#learningfromhome with quadrilaterals yesterday with my daughter. I asked her to try and draw different 4-sided figures. Which one do you think she had the most trouble drawing? pic.twitter.com/2Qg3eu2zgr
— katherin cartwright (@kath_cartwright) March 26, 2020
Pairs of Socks After sorting and pairing the family’s socks, count how many pairs and how many leftovers without a partner? An extension: if we have [#] pairs of socks, how many socks are there altogether? How do you know? What if we added in the socks without a parnter?
Sock Sorting Party! How many socks? How do you know? The 9 year old made an array but counted by 2’s. He got two different numbers. Still working out why. 🤔 #Counting collectionsathome #tmwyk #MTBoS pic.twitter.com/sX3FtXWW4C
— Nicole Medina (@NMedina5) March 24, 2020
Dominoes If you have a set of dominoes, make a sheet with areas for 1-18. The task: find the total number of dots on each domino, and place it beneath that sum. (Extension: Record an equation for each domino after you’re done. Extension: Is there more than one equation you could write? eg 7 + 7 =14, 3+1+3+3+1+3=14)
A simple math activity for K-2 (depending on which dominoes you choose) Subitize and add the dots on each dominos and then sort into categories based on sum. @Hubbard_School @TisdaleSchool pic.twitter.com/WPkfiZZTrJ
— Christina Mains (@MrsMains) March 17, 2020
Counting Coins Give your child a set of coins. Younger students can sort them into groups, count how many are in each group, and name the groups (e.g., pennies). Slightly older students can figure out how much money is in each group and how to write it. Older students can figure out how much money there is altogether and how to write it. Discuss the value of each coin and relationships between the coins. Extension: How many different ways could you make [.25¢]? Do you have them all? How do you know?
Counting coins is a great way to practice counting, adding one and two digit numbers, beginning level financial literacy, and even decimals! This is my 1st grader making values 3 different ways. #iteachmath pic.twitter.com/G5pycFRmxE
— Jessica Sanders (@jsandersmath) March 18, 2020
Make a Calendar. Challenge children to write the numbers 1- on sticky notes and make them into a calendar on a large piece of paper labeled [March]. Younger students might need the days of the week written in, and the 1st sticky note placed for them. Older students can be challenged to figure those pieces out by themselves.
Today my girls and I created a calendar! Give it a try at home. I just used post its and poster letters. They worked together to make it! It really helped to give us some structure today. pic.twitter.com/sqa0VMvdKn
— Daniela Hurley (@Hurleys1stGrade) March 17, 2020
A Shape Hunt Going on a hunt for shapes around the house is a great geometry activity. (Students might submit photos to their teacher, view others’ work in a google classroom, or bring what they found to a video-chat. Open the Tweet below to read the whole thread.)
3D #shapes are everywhere! We went on a #shape hunt today as we searched our homes and then #recorded our findings! Can’t wait for them to #share tomorrow morning when we meet! #bozzisbunch @Inv3_Math #shapehunters pic.twitter.com/aRkEFL1H8S
— Mrs. Bozzi (@MTL_CS_BozziK) March 27, 2020
Talk Math about Our Class Show a picture of some or all of the students in the class. (Or have children draw a picture of all or some of their class or family.) Ask, “How can you use math to talk about it?” (For example, children might notice how many students are wearing glasses; how many classmates are missing; or how many eyes there are. Older children might be challenged to think about what fraction of the class is pictured or has black hair.) Extension: Challenge students to write a story problem about the picture and solve it. (Teachers who are collecting students’ work can turn these into a future assignment.)
Asking my KK 218 kiddos to look at this collection of their self portraits. How can they use math to talk about it? Count the eyes, smiles, blue shirts, brown hair. So many ways to count and share. @BlanchardMemAP @BlanchardMem @Inv3_Math @ablearns pic.twitter.com/25eWA6J6bh
— kristen kilcommins (@kpkkind) March 18, 2020
How Many Legs? Children can be challenged to count the legs on the humans at home; the legs on all of the things that are alive (i.e., including pets); all of the legs in the house including things that are not alive (i.e., tables and/or chairs). (Note: This activity is a slight adaptation of one from https://exemplars.com/.)
Day 2 of school at home – here is a twist on an @Exemplars question we love:
Chairs have legs. People have legs. How many legs are in your house?
— Mrs. Fallone and Ms. Richardson (@explorers_learn) March 17, 2020
$1.00 Words If A = 1¢, B = 2¢, C = 3¢ … and so on, can you find a word that equals $1.00? There are 7 examples in the tweet below, to get you started!
Ahh, $1.00 words. Here's a sentence with every word worth $1.00: Whenever Henrietta whistled, costumed elephants merrily performed. Maybe ask kids to draw a picture of that. A virtual $1.00 word art show opportunity!!! https://t.co/gPLJuLOZRi
— Marilyn Burns (@mburnsmath) March 20, 2020
Where Would [#] Go on the Number Line? Draw a number line that goes from 0 to — depending on the age of the child — 10, 100, 1000, etc. Ask “About where do you think [5, 10, 100] would go? Why do you think so?”
— Mark Chubb (@MarkChubb3) November 29, 2016