Number patterns can seem like magic, and there’s nothing like a good magic trick to capture a child’s interest and attention. Seeing the up and down progression of the 9’s is very helpful. This pattern can take many forms, but the two shown here are fun to do and easy to set up. For NINES UP! you will need 10 blank index cards (5 x 8 is best, or anything sturdy will do, like construction
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Magic Squares have a long and interesting history. The very first one was found on a turtle’s back in China. This special turtle crawled out of the Lo River many thousands of years ago, and a child noticed that the dots on the turtle’s shell were arranged in the same pattern found in the 3-square: numbers 1-9, and that all the rows added up to 15. Since then, Magic Squares have appeared in India, traveled to Arabia and Europe and, many years later, right here and now to you!
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MULTI PEBBLES RACE This is a great way to review times tables for mid- grade 3 and up. You will need a piece of paper for each player, #2 pencils, and colored pencils or markers. 1) Prepare one paper for each player with scattered circled numbers 1-12, using a colored pencil or marker. 2) Have each player connect any 2 numbers that s/he can multiply correctly.
Have your child(ren) decorate their kites with whatever wonderfully colorful math patterns they’re learning at the moment. The brown paper is a good surface for bright, chunky colored pencils (the color can easily be removed or changed with an ink eraser). The top image shown here is the pentagon created by the 2 and 8 times tables and the pentagram created by the 4 and 6 tables. (The numbers on the circle represent the 2nd digit of 2-digit numbers.)
These 6-pointed stars lend themselves nicely to the 12 numbers of the times tables. You will make a set of 2 stars for each table. And because self-made learning tools are most effective, do have your child(ren) help as much as possible with the “making” part. This activity is best for grades 2/3, after all the times tables have been introduced. Here’s what you’ll need: scissors 2 sheets of plain copy paper colored pencils (including yellow) #2 pencil a bit of glue or a glue stick
) Lay the gloves on a table or desktop, thumbs and palms down. 2) Number and letter the gloves as shown, with colored pencils. Note that the numbers are on the palm sides and the lettering on the backs (placed so the words will read correctly when flipped). The fingers/numbers are: 6/pinky, 7/ring, 8/middle, 9/index, 10/thumb. 3) Letter the back of the left glove: ALL FINGERS / TOUCHING / AND BELOW / TIMES TEN And the back of the right glove: ALL FINGERS / ABOVE / TIMES / THEMSELVES
SMALL ENVELOPE TETRAHEDRON (Note that a regular business size envelope does not work.) 1) Open the flap of a small envelope. Using a ruler and pencil, mark the diagonal lines from each corner to the opposite corner. Mark a third vertical line through the middle of the envelope. Fold along each of the lines. 2) Cut along the top two “V” shaped lines and discard the top of the envelope. 3) Open up the envelope, flattening the bottom a bit. Tuck one side of the envelope into the other side.
ACROSTIC LETTERS: Write a word in a vertical column on the left. Write that same word backwards in a vertical column on the right. Draw vertical lines to separate the two words from the middle letters. Fill in the middle with letters that make new words. ACROSTIC NUMBERS These are odd and even numbered puzzles, but you can come up with other variations as well. Here’s how