MARS FRACTION HUNT:
Word parts are matched with fractions in this fast-
paced activity, whereby students--individually or in
teams, race to formulate new words according to the
instructions, and thereby decode the secret message
and find the hidden Mars candy bar.
If your students need an alternative lesson to identi-
fy and understand the three types of angles, then try
the suggestions here. They include match-up concentra-
tion games, popsicle stick geometry, and more.
NO MATTER WHAT SHAPE YOUR FRACTIONS ARE IN:
Online fun and learning geometry too--that's the ba-
sis for the activities available at this site, where
students will employ critical thinking skills to de-
cipher shapes, determine relations between shapes,
and then experiment with them.
LEARNING ABOUT RATIOS:
Your class will use concrete physical examples to
comprehend the concept of ratios. They will get
plenty of hands-on experience as well, construct-
ing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with var-
ious ratios of each ingredient, and then graphing
After learning about different architectural styles
around the world, 4th and 5th grade students will
design and create their own architecture, using only
geometrical shapes for building.
Discover just what makes a square "magic", travel
around the world and through history learning about
the different magic squares, and then have your stu-
dents explore further magic square activities.
COOPERATIVE SKIP COUNTING:
Reinforce early elementary skip counting skills with
physical games and cooperative activities. Students
will play "Pass the Paper" to work together and com-
pete with teams to count by two's to one hundred.
Kindergarten and first grade students will recognize
patterns to create geometrical designs on their kite,
and then reinforce that pattern recognition with clap-
Here's a creative method for teaching geometric shapes
at first and second grade levels. The story is told
on a felt board with various shapes, and includes a
lesson in character education and cooperation.
Quilts have an aura of history about them, and right-
ly so. They can boast of a rich heritage in the arts,
geometry, and American history. Investigate geometric
patterns and how they relate to quilt design and his-
tory with this learning project. Then consider having
your students create their own classroom quilt--with
fabric or paper blocks, dependent upon skill levels--
reflecting back upon important events throughout their
shared school year.
Four different applications reinforce geometry concepts
by matching terms to the geometric shape, or with flash-
cards, wordsearches, or concentration games.
You'll need to get the correct answers first before
you're allowed to get a run... Practice addition,
subtraction, and multiplication skills with this
online game. Skill level varies; 2 students can
play at one time.
MUSIC AND MULTIPLICATION FACTS:
Still have a few students struggling with their multiplication facts? Then try this lesson plan, incorpor-ating math, music, and rhyme.
If you're are looking for a handy reference on converting
fractions to decimals, you've come to the right place.
This site has math brain teasers:
This site is great for multiplication, there are good games:
This one has all kinds of activities:
This page provides some great little math tips--tested
with positive results--for elementary math teachers.
Especially if some of your students are having trouble
performing their operations (e.g. division), try these
"shortcut" methods and see if they relate better to
Using four types of pattern blocks, students will come
to better understand operations with fractions by mani-
pulating and seeing the results.
REAL LIFE MATH:
Have you ever been told, "We're never going to use this
stuff anyway," . . . If so, then here's the perfect math
lesson for your class--students will research specific
careers and find out how math is applicable to everyday
Students will build geometric figures with gumdrops and
toothpick in order to understand their dimensional fea-
tures, vertices, faces, edges, etc.
FINDING THE MEAN:
Students will use manipulatives to answer questions about
mean and median.
math/multiplication_snowmen.htm (COPY & PASTE)
This page outlines an incentive method of getting stu-
dents to memorize their multiplication facts, using a
themed bulletin board and reward stickers.
All of your students will think this is a very cool
lesson--not only do they get to look for the biggest
tree (outside of course), they will also learn and be
able to demonstrate to others a method for determining
the size of a tree, while learning about vertical, horizontal, and circumference measurements. http://www.quia.com/pop/16501.html
GEOMETRY -- BEYOND PENCIL AND PAPER:
As the title of this unit suggests, students will be
involved in a wide variety of hands-on activities and
using several forms of manipulatives to explore planes,
rays, area, perimeter, etc.
MATH AND LITERATURE LESSON PLAN:
Integrate literature with your math lessons--this parti-
cular plan uses two popular books to make the connection.
PASS BACK DIVISION:
Reinforce the concepts of long division with team ef-
forts in this lesson activity.
MONEY IN THE BANK:
Your class will set up its own money bank and operate
as a working community with the ideas behind these ac-
tivities--different themes make learning flexible to
fit your own needs and levels.
FUN WITH ESTIMATION:
Plan a Math Fair Day or Math Excursion for this one--
students will practice estimation skills and rounding
off in team competitions with selected lists in a gro-
FRACTIONS IN ACTION:
Using cuisenaire rods, fraction bars, games, and other
hands-on activities, students are given several strate-
gies in order to better understand fractions. This unit
contains a total of 8 lessons for 4th grade.
3-D THINKING LAB:
Mighty Math demos challenge students to cut out and
fold templates to create the correct solids.