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A month with the number 3

Circle We’ve started a new method of math. It’s a progressive way to teach each number.

One number at a time you will start with stories and counting/skip counting. From there you will work on adding and subtracting. Lastly you will work on multiplication and division with that number.

Each number will be your sole focus for 4 weeks. Through complete submersion your child will learn how to work with this number inside and out.

This will be the base of all future math for your student.

  Week 1: Skip Counting and Story Telling

3s chart

3s chart

Song – Skip count, skip count, skip count by 3 Skip count, skip count, skip count with me. Listen now as we count to 30 3,6,9,12,15,18,21 24 and 27, isnt counting fun? 3,6,9,12,15,18,21 24 and 27, 30 and we’re done!

To get to know the number three this week, we drew out a few big circles with different numbers around them. Then she drew lines connecting the numbers skipping 3s. It was fun to see the different shapes that came from different amounts of numbers on the circle.

To get to know the number three this week, we drew out a few big circles with different numbers around them. Then she drew lines connecting the numbers skipping 3s. It was fun to see the different shapes that came from different amounts of numbers on the circle.

Week 2: Adding and Subtracting

Instead of just writing it out on paper, like this, take some chalk and hit the sidewalk for extra fun. Let the kids jump forward or backward 3 jumps from any number.

Instead of just writing it out on paper, like this, take some chalk and hit the sidewalk for extra fun. Let the kids jump forward or backward 3 jumps from any number.

Story – “The Snow Many Friends” After one winter storm a young boy and girl went out to build a snowman. He was a beautiful snow man. That night they looked out their window marveling at their snowman. The boy and girl made up stories about this snowman, but then they realized he needed some friends. So first thing the next morning they set out to build him 3 more friends. They had to get 3 snow balls for each one. 3 +3+3 is 9 snow balls. Then they needed 2 stones for eyes for each one. 2+2+2 is 6 stones for eyes. Keep going with hats, mouths, arms, legs, scarves, etc.

3chart

To flow from addition to multiplication we drew out this grid to play games with. In this picture she’s jumping 18: 3+3+3+3+3+3. She used this at the end of week 2 and beginning of week 3

 

Week 3: Multiplication

Using the clovers from our story and form drawing to write in multiplication facts

Using the clovers from our story and form drawing to write in multiplication facts

Story – “The Three Leaf Clover” I picked a three leaf clover on my way home from school. My brother saw it and was quick to say, “Three leaf clovers just arnt cool” The best clovers have 4, because they bring you luck. Find a clover with 4 leaves and you’ll be a lucky duck! Then it occurred to me, I could put two together! 6 is 2 times 3. If four is lucky then 6 is better! But why, I thought, should I stop there? 9 is 3 times 3. If a six leaf clover is lucky then nine is fine by me! But why be stingy I thought 15 is 5 times 3. If I had the luck of a fifteen-leaf I’d really be happy. And imagine the luck of 6 clovers! Luck you just couldn’t ignore. For 18 is 6 times 3 leaves. And that’s much better that four! Perhaps I could add just one more clover to my bunch. For 21 is 7 times 3 And then just on a hunch… Perhaps I’ll end with picking eight for 24 is 8 times 3. 24… If I had that much good luck how could I want for more? But then, again, more is better for 27 is 9 times 3. And if I had so much good luck That would be just fine! But right before I go inside I’ll pick just one last clover for 30 is 10 times 3. Now clover picking’s over

Multipilication Flower

To practice the 3s times tables I drew this big flower and wrote the 3 in the middle. Then I added the second factors. In the outer petals she wrote the answers.

Week 4: Division

Clovers 3

To flow from multiplication into division we used clovers. Put the whole part in one leaf and the factors in the others, then add the x and / symbols.

Story- “The three Fairies” Three fairies were meeting in the forrest one day; Crystal, Jezzabelle, and Leona. They wanted to have a picnic. Crystal brought 30 jelly beans. How many would she need to give each fairy? Jezzabelle brought 15 tuna sandwhiches. How many would she need to give each fairy? Leona brought 6 apples. How many would she need to give each fairy? Continue going through each fairy over and over coming up with different things they bring to the picnic and allow your child to divide by 3s

Getting familiar with both looks of division

Getting familiar with both looks of division

 

Our only “test”

Draw out many clovers and fill in 2 sides of it. Then allow the student to go back and fill in the remaining part. This was a fun test for her

Draw out many clovers and fill in 2 sides of it. Then allow the student to go back and fill in the remaining part. This was a fun test for her