Corey’s Pretend Party, Take Two

The Activities

1. Topic: Multiplication: Book: Too Many Kangaroo Things To Do by Murphy.
2. Topic: Charts: Planning Corey’s pretend birthday party.  Kids will come up with possible venues, drinks, snacks, games for my birthday. Then we’ll all vote on them using different types of charts: bar chart, ranking charts, X votes, tick marks.  Then we’ll figure out the winners and compare to last year’s results for my pretend party

What game should we play at my party? Robot Turtles, Busytown, or the Adding Game?

3. Topic Story Problems: Solve Corey’s 6 birthday problems (I recently turned 34). We had 6 kids at circle, so team #1 solved problems A – C, and team #2 worked on D – F.
1. Corey moved to California when she was 18.  How many years ago was that?
2. Daisies have 10 petals. Roses have 7 petals. Corey has 34 petals. What flowers does she have?
3. It’s impossible to make a square out of 34 cubes. How many more cubes do you need to be able to make a square?
4. I get \$4 per week. I really want to buy a book that costs \$34. How many weeks do I have to save?
5. David is turning 34 in November. How many more months does he have to wait for his party?
6. Make a rectangle out of 34 squares. How long are the two sides of the rectangle?

Preparation

Before circle, I use graph paper and sharpies to make the various empty charts.  I also came up with the birthday story problems.

How did it go?

The Pretend Party

The kids really enjoyed coming up with choices for each chart. They listened carefully while I explained how to vote on each chart, and happily took the charts around to the parents and other kids to get their votes.  They were a bit wild while we figured out who had won, and I warned some of them for singing during the wrap-up.

The only tricky chart was the ranking chart, where you ranked your drink choices with 1,2, and 3.  I asked the kids how you could tell who won that one.  One kid said it should be the one that got the most #1s.  Another kid said it would be the one with the highest total. The kids quickly realized it should be the lowest total.

Birthday Story Problems

The kids were in two teams of three. One of the kids was not paying attention but did not disrupt the other two teammembers.  All the other kids worked hard on these.

Corey moved to California when she was 18.  How many years ago was that?

This was the hardest for the kids.  I suggested they should make 34 to figure it out.  After collecting 34 blocks, the kids removed 18, and then counted the remaining 16.

Daisies have 10 petals. Roses have 7 petals. Corey has 34 petals. What flowers does she have?

First the kids tried 3 10s, but they saw they couldn’t get 34.  They were a bit puzzled, so I hinted that maybe they could not use 3 daisies.  Then they switched to 1 daisy and 1 rose.  Kid #2 added another daisy = 27.  Kid #3 added another daisy: 37.  They all took away that daisy and Kid #1 suggested trying a rose instead, and they got 34!

It’s impossible to make a square out of 34 cubes. How many more cubes do you need to be able to make a square?

The kids worked together to make a 5×6 shape.  I pointed out that a square has to have the same length sides, and then they added in the last 4 blocks and saw they needed 2 more.

I get \$4 per week. I really want to buy a book that costs \$34. How many weeks do I have to save?

First Kid #4 tried to solve it by counting by 4s but they got a bit turned around and didn’t know how many they had counted.  Then Kid #4 and #5 made groups of 4s, and counted together by 4s until they got to 36.  I asked what the answer was, and the kids counted the groups and got 9, with \$2 left over.

One of the kids was having some trouble, and said, “I can’t solve this problem because I haven’t learned money yet.”

David is turning 34 in November. How many more months does he have to wait for his party?

This was very easy for them. The only problem was they didn’t initially know what month to start with.  I asked them what month it is right now, and one kid said March. Then the kids said the months in order together while one of them counted on her fingers.

Make a rectangle out of 34 squares. How long are the two sides of the rectangle?

Unfortunately I only had enough Base Ten Blocks for one set per group, so one kid worked on this while the others watched.

Plastic Leaves vs. Poker Chips

The Acitivities

1. Topic: Counting: Book: Hands Down by Dahl
2. Topic: Tesselations: Make a tesselation out of the following shapes, using Shape Pattern Blocks.
1. Hexagons, skinny diamonds, squares.
2. Hexagons, triangles, diamonds.
3. Hexagons, skinny diamonds, triangles.
4. Hexagons, diamonds, trapezoids.
5. Triangles, trapezoids, diamonds.
6. Diamonds, squares.
7. Hexagons, triangles.
8. Skinny triangles, squares, diamonds.

My daughter tries to cover the paper rectangle using hexagons, skinny diamonds and squares.

3. Topic: Multiplication: Have the numbers 1 – 100 on the wall. Assign each kid a number, X, and a color of marker. The kid then counts by ‘X’, and colors in a box above the numbers they get.  For example, one kid will be assigned ‘5’, and color in a segment of 5, 10, 15, 20, etc.
1. Which numbers have the most colored in boxes? (most factors). The least?
2. When counting by ‘X’ how many numbers did you color in from 1 – 100?
3. Counting by 4 always hits the counting by 2 numbers. Why?

Each kid used a different colored marker to color in the number factors. For example, 2 used light blue, so 2, 4, 6, 8, have a light blue section.

My daughter colors in her numbers.

4. Topic: Weight:  Divide the kids into pairs. Each pair gets a different unit we’ll use to weigh different objects in the Pan Balance. The units are poker chips, letter tiles, and plastic leaves.  Have 4 objects that we will weigh. Each pair should guess how many of their units will weigh the same as the object.  Then they use the pan balance to get the exact answer, and fill in the answer on a chart.
1. Which object weighed the most?
2. Which unit of measure weighed the most?
3. How many letter tiles does it take to equal 1 poker chip?  How many leaves?

Plastic leaves in the Pan Balance.

Preparation

For the tesselations, I tried out the shapes to find combinations that could tesselate nicely. For the factors, I printed out the candlestick numbers so that each kid could color in a sector for the numbers they count.  For the pan balance activity, I picked out the units of measure, and the objects we would weigh.

How did it go?

This circle was much wilder than usual.  We had all 6 kids, and it was tough to keep them all engaged.

Multiplication / Factors

First I gave assigned each kid a number, starting with 2.  All the kids were quite excited to do this activity.  I gave them 10×10 grids where they would mark their numbers. After I checked their work, they could go color on the candles on the wall.  Many of the kids noticed patterns while doing this.  The kid with ‘2’ saw that she had to color every other column. The kid with ‘3’ noticed diagonal lines in the 10×10 grid.

The kids flew through the low numbers, but it started to get hard when we did counting by 12 and 13. The kid with ’13’ got pretty frustrated.  The kid with ’12’ did ok, but ended up being off by one row.  One kid cried because someone else had the pink marker she wanted.  At that point, I decided we had colored enough numbers.

We went over to look at the candles. The kids all agreed that counting by 2s would color the most candles.  I asked them how many you would color when counting by 2s and they started to count the blue lines, but then it got confusing because the ‘2’ kid had accidentally switched from evens to odds around 47.  This confused the counters so they didn’t end up with an answer.

We kept the candles up on the wall for a month after circle, and my 3-year-old son LOVED the candles. He would constantly count from 1-100 while pointing at the candles.

Weighing

This activity did not go as well as I’d hoped. I divided the kids into 3 teams of 2, and each team was supposed to guess how many of their objects would weigh the same as my big object. Then each team got to use the pan balance to find the answer.  However, weighing took a long time, and the other kids got restless.  Also, some kids played around during the weighing. I ended up cutting this short and moving on to tesselations.

Tesselations

I had prepared bags with construction paper rectangles that should be covered by the shapes in the bag. No duplicate shapes could touch.

Half of the kids worked hard on this one, and half played around.  Some kids finished several bags of shapes, while other kids spent time swapping shapes with their neighbors.  One of the kids mentioned how she did *not* want to work on a tricky one.  Thankfully, this sentiment has been very rare in circle, and I hope it will stay that way.