You know how the simplest ideas are sometimes the BEST?! I know. Sometimes I seriously need reminding that having a good time with my kiddos, and providing fun, engaging, and MEANINGFUL activities doesn't have to be a Pinterest-buster (that's a thing I just invented). THAT is why I'm so grateful for today's guest blogger, Tricia from Tricia's Terrific Teaching Trinkets, who has already inspired some SUPER SIMPLE and fun activities in our home!
|[I blew this hundreds chart up at BlockPosters.com, then printed & laminated at home].|
Today Tricia's bringing you some Saint Patrick's Day math ideas for kids. As you can see, we've already implemented them! Welcome, Tricia!
Shamrocks, Leprechauns and Gold Glitter...
all celebratory symbols of March's greatest holiday!
When I taught First and Second Grade, Mr. Leprechaun would visit our classroom leaving teeny tiny green glittered footprints everywhere, turning desks over and flipping anchor charts upside down in search of his gold. Many years, he also locked me in the closet only to be rescued by 26 giggling students. Oooo...the memories!
Top of the Morning! I'm Tricia, creator of Tricia's Terrific Teaching Trinkets where Math is made easy, differentiated and engaging. I am thrilled to guest post today for Buck and Chuck on this glorious spring day.
So how can we take the magic and excitement of St Patrick's Day and integrate it with math? Easy! Let's chat!
First repeat this manta after me.... "Math can be fun and easy!"
Just adding the smallest little spark or turning a math topic into a little game, can bring excitement and joy to a child's learning. As I always say, when practice feels like play...it can be a win-win.
As far as the "easy" part...so many people say, "I'm not good at Math" or "I never understand Math." Ok ready for a little secret. Come close... I was never a good student in Math...like Not...At...All! There were numerous nights spent at the kitchen table next to Daddy crying. It was hard and I felt horrible! And now...I am a math teacher.
So here is why it works: I am able to scaffold and teach the lesson in parts. Start easy and small and then when my students are "getting it," I kick it up a notch with the numbers or the concept. Plus I also have great empathy and understanding on my students. We say tons of Math Mantras and songs in class so we are always working on building confidence and our best self at the same time.
Today I teach math to grades K-5. Every Friday we celebrate "Fun Friday." In fact, that is how I greet my kiddos at the door on Friday. "Good Morning! Happy Fun Friday"... and they answer me back the same way... it's awesome to see them so excited coming into the classroom. Whatever our lesson is for the day... fractions, ballpark estimates, tally marks, word problems... I add any little game I can to the lesson. Get a problem correct (independently or with support)... awesome... you get two tries to bowl or throw a basketball in the trash basket. The excitement that day is electrifying and the students can not wait to try a problem.
Now comes the spin of adding a holiday to our math fun. Look at what I picked up at The Dollar Tree for a total of $2.00!
With all the fabulous manipulatives at Target, Joanne's, Michael's, The Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby (to name a few) it is easy and cheap to pick up darling shamrock erasers and use them as counters or game pieces.
|Click for Freebie Counting Mats!|
I will use these adorable purchases to count by 5s and 10s as well as other things like addition word problems and asking kiddos to draw tally marks to match the picture of items I put out. The uses really are endless and the kids are so excited about the holiday and the sparkle, our math time goes much faster.
I love creating math resources full of games, puzzles and color by number to help children practice their math skills independently. I created an addition color puzzle just for you below!
Click on the image below to grab two cutie Leprechaun Addition Math Fun Practice Sheets
And so there is...a few fun ways to integrate St Patrick's Day and Math Fun at the same time.
It was wonderful getting a chance to share with you.
Now it is your turn... How do you like to get kids excited about St Patrick's Day and learning?
Tricia from Tricia's Terrific Teaching Trinkets
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Math St Patrick's Day Fun for 6 and 7 year olds
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