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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

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Happy Pi Day

Today March 14th is National Pi day! Why? Well because its 3.14 silly! So to celebrate and have fun with your

For my picture I must post this apron! I love Pie and Pi and Aprons so naturally I really REALLY want this apron! For anyone else who's madly in love with this apron, click the picture to see who makes and sells it, then be sure to buy me one when you get yours 🙂

students and kiddos I went on the hunt for the BEST Pi day activities and heres what I found:

From the Pi Day website I found these:

  1. Get paper clips and do a different color for every digit! This is my favorite and I think Im gonna go get some paper clips from walmart this afternoon to do this with Miss Bailie and a picture is sure to come!
  2. Another person posted that they, “… are using the first 20 digits in pi and write[ing] a story using the numbers like 3.14 u will use a 3-letter word then a 1-letter word then a 4 letter word and keep going” This sounds like a blast and it would take alot of fun creativity but its a bit above Miss Bailie so maybe next year, however it still sounds like fun!
  3. Lastly there was one where you can get two colors of beads and make a necklace using one color for the odd numbers and one for the even numbers. This would be especially fun for young girls and I assume we’ll do this one this evening too! Also pictures to come 🙂

The next site I discovered was Education World. My top 3 favorites there were:

  1. First off they talk about doing an internet field trip where you learn about Pi along the way! My favorite stop, for our age group, here were the Exploratorium!
  2. They also had this video showing and teaching you all about Pi. Its a little above Bailie’s head but I enjoyed watching it 🙂
  3. And lastly what kid wouldnt enjoy Pi Day Songs!?!

On Teach Pie they had some fun stuff too:

  1. Music Fun where you can listen to, write music, or sing prewritten songs.
  2. Or you can, “create a pi chain with loops of construction paper, using a different color for each of the ten digits.
  3. And lastly, one of my favorites from this site was to, “pass out paper plates, and assign each student a digit. Have them draw the number on the plate, and color and decorate it. On Pi Day, hang them along a string or on the hallway wall, or have everyone hold their plate and stand in one big circle.

Some other fun sites were:

Now of course to end our day, on top of our other Pi day projects, tonight we must eat some Pie for desert!

Feel free to share in the comments what your favorite Pi Day activities are!