# Olympic Math (just in time for PyeongChang)

Olympic fever is hitting our house. We are even compromising on our “no TV” rule (we borrowed one).

What a great opportunity to practice data and graphs! Kids are already excited about the events and it helps them keep track of the medals.

This free printable is primary for 1st and 2nd graders although you could adapt it for other ages. The first part is to be completed before the Olympics start. So whip it out now so you can check your predictions later 🙂

# Stained Glass Slope Activity (Revisited)

This activity is the most popular activity I’ve ever posted and I can see why. It is fun and combines math and art. Coloring in the design lets you make so many creative choices and I’m always impressed with the results. But most importantly it provides some great practice for graphing diagonal, horizontal and vertical lined.

Start by graphing the list of equations. As you do you will notice relationships between the different lines. When you are done use colored pencils to color it in.

Get the free project printable by clicking here: Stained Glass Slope Project

# Preschool Math: Turkey Counting Craft

It’s November and little man and I are working on counting to 5. We had just bought a bunch feathers at the Dollar Store so I thought up this simple craft.

The trickiest part was getting some featherless turkeys. I made a printable so that it will be easier for you 🙂

Start by coloring in all the turkeys. It is easier if you do this before cutting them out.

Cut them out and select the right number of feathers for each turkey. Use some tape to attach the feathers to the back.

The real proof of excellence in our preschool is if it gets hung up. These turkeys made it up on the window.

Get the turkey printable here: Turkey Counting Craft

# Number Recognition Matching Activity: Free Printable

This activity is ideal for kindergarten or first grade. It allows students to start matching the symbols for numbers with number words and ten frames. This activity is a great wrap up after you’ve spent some time practicing numbers with counters or snap cubes.

Identifying Numbers Matching Activity

Cut out the squares on the first two pages and mix them up. Then sort them appropriately and tape them down on the provided table.

# Find Your Family: A Game for Related Facts

Related facts are groups of facts that show kids how different numbers are connected. Some programs call them fact families. These fact families are important because they help kids see the connection between addition and subtraction.

A “fact family house” is when you organize all of these related numbers nicely under one roof.

For this game each child receives a game board with six incomplete houses. A house might look something like this.

Each player takes a turn rolling a die. Looking at their six houses they decide if the number on the die can add to or complete any of their fact families. Every game board is different and there is some strategy involved. You might be able to put a number in two different places and certain numbers are easier to place than others.

To win you have to fill all of your houses before your opponent.

This game could have many variations. The first one that comes to mind for me is making all the families ways to make ten. Or you could only use the numbers 1 thru 6 to make it easier for younger children. I created a blank game board too so that you can try out a variation. Write in your own numbers to tailor it to your child’s needs.

Have fun! And as always let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions.

Find Your Family (Blank Game Board)

Find Your Family Game Board (Facts up to 9)

# 5, 10, 15, 20! A Resource Roundup for Counting Practice

In first grade one of the big goals is to learn to count. Many kids will come out of kindergarten with a strong grasp of counting by ones, but learning to count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s will prepare them for telling time and even multiplication. And remember kids need to practice counting starting from the middle too. Counting by 1’s starting from 22 is harder than starting from the beginning.

Below I’ve linked up some fun ways to practice counting.

Complete the pattern worksheets. This website has some great worksheets that range in difficulty. The one I picture below is one of the hardest because you have to determine if the numbers are increasing by one or ten before filling it in. There are also much easier patterns on the site as well so you can work your way up.

Connect the dots. This is genius! Have kids practice skip counting while discovering the secret picture.

If you search “skip counting connect the dots” on Pinterest you will be able to find just about anything (from Mozart to Christmas trees!). But if you want a specific site try this one. They have links to 50 or so puzzles with skip counting ones at the bottom.

The Caterpillar Ordering Game. This game allows you to decide if you want to count up or backwards and you can adjust the difficulty so that it is 5s, 10s, or something else. It is also kind of cute 🙂

Number puzzles. The idea and photo for this came from the blog that I’ve linked up to, but you can find example of this all over the internet. They are a great way to reinforce the ideas of skip counting while also letting kids do some problem solving. It helps them practice counting by 1s and 10s, but they have to be able to count backwards and forwards. Here’s what a completed puzzle looks like:

Basically, think of it as cutting a number crossword out of times table. The rows will be increasing by 1 and the columns increase by 10. Cut all the numbers a part and put them in a baggie. The student has to arrange them and solve the puzzle by figuring out the order.

# Graph Paper: Free Printable

Graphing can be one of the toughest skills for math students to master. In my decade of experience as a high school math teacher I noticed that a good sheet of graph paper can make a big difference. I’d run off a bunch of double-sided copies of this before each unit on graphing so it was available and ready to go.

This graph paper is my favorite design because it fits four to a page and is numbered. I also included a sheet that is specific for Algebra 1, it has space for students to label the slope and y-intercept on the graph. This is perfect for linear equations. Finally, there is one for Algebra 2 students that has space to label the vertex and x-intercepts on a parabola.