Saturday, November 7, 2009

Math All Around?

Every day, my class does a routine called "Today's Number". This is one of our favorite times of day, and the kids always take note of where it falls when we go over our daily routine.  Today, they actually asked if we could have math early because they couldn't wait to share their Today's Number.

We take the date and then find all the combinations and ways we recognize that number.  We go through lots of different cycles that we like.  One little boy tells us the order that the states joined the union.  He also tells us what president was that number.  We like to use big numbers like millions and trillions.  We reinforce mathematical properties.  They loved this month because now I go on the page for the 28th instead of the 27th.  It is always a big deal on the 6th and the 7th because you get to do your own birthday.  And of course, we have to write the number in Mayan each day.  And place value blocks because of our current unit.  The possibilities, are literally limitless.

But lately, we have been focusing on The Magic Treehouse.  Yep, you heard me right. 

It started simply enough.  On the 7th, someone said Sunset of the Sabertooth.  The next day, we did book #8 Midnight on the Moon.

We can't leave it at that though.

Today was the 4th.  These were just a few of the suggestions for today's number.

Leprechaun in Late Winter (43) take away Goodnight for Ghosts (42) add Mummies in the Morning (3) equals 4.

Two copies of The Knight at Dawn equals 4.

Afternoon on the Amazon (6) take away Knight at Dawn (2) equals 4.

Dinosaurs Before Dark (1) multiplied by Pirates Past Noon (4) equals 4.

Who says math facts aren't fun?

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