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K-2 Magical Math Days

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From: Suzanne (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Mar 19, 1998 at 19:55:01
Subject: Re: K-2 Magical Math Days


I love your idea for "magical Math" day. Buttons sound like a terrific idea 
for little ones.  

Have you considered doing much with estimation skills?  You might have some 
lines drawn straight or squiggly and ask them to estimate the number of 
buttons it would take to run the length of the line. You might also estimate 
the number it would take to fill a small container such as the size that 35mm 
film comes in. Something that might be more appealing to a small child would 
be toy teacups. Another way you could use estimation would be to have some 
containers and just ask if the number of buttons in the container is more 
than or less than a set number.  

Counting is another area that could be used with buttons. The students could 
count all the red buttons in a mixed set of buttons. They could work on which
color has the most, least, or the same as another color.

I like your idea of wearing tags and getting stamps. Could you make the tags 
look like a shirt or jacket and find a button stamp or sticker so that they 
could complete their garment? I think I have seen little stickers that look 
like buttons.

I am sure the students will have a great time while they are learning
and practicing math skills in a most magical way. I would love to hear how it 
goes for you. Good luck.


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