## The Activities

**Topic: Comparisons:**Book: Too Tall Tina by D. Merritt.**Topic: Measurement:**I gave each kid a 12″ ruler and asked them to look around the first floor for something 3″ long. Then I asked 6″, 11″, and 1″.**Topic: Verbal Discussions:**I asked the kids a bunch of questions about what you call groups of things: cows (herd); sheep, birds (flock); wolves (pack); flowers (bouquet, bunch, garden); fish (school); geese (gaggle); cats (?); ants (colony); bees (hive, swarm); lions (pride); people (crowd); whales (pod); witches (coven); rabbits (warren); thieves, robbers, musicians (band); soccer players (team); dancers (troupe, company); soldiers (troop, army, legion); girl/boy scouts (troop); kittens, puppies (litter); math students (circle); cards (deck, pack); grapes, bananas (bunch); books (shelf, stack, library); wheat (field); hay (bale); knives (rack); ships (fleet); stars (galaxy, cluster, universe); planets (solar system); sailors (crew); actors (cast).**Topics: Logic, Numbers:**I did an activity from Math Logic & Word Problems, Gr. 1-2, Guess Benny’s Number and Guess Jenny’s Number. Each had a series of clues that narrowed down to a single number. We used a 100 Number Board to keep track of which numbers were eliminated.The first puzzle was- The number has two digits.
- Both digits are greater than or equal to 5.
- The tens digit is greater than the ones digit.
- The sum of the digits is 12.

The second puzzle was

- The number has two digits.
- Both digits are less than 8.
- The ones digit is greater than the tens digit.
- The sum of the digits is 10.
- The number is even.

**Topics: Counting, Games:**Using the 100 board again, we played the following game. Each turn, a kid rolled a six-sided die. They could then advance that number of spaces up to 10 times (so if they rolled a 5, they could advance 0, 5, 10, …, 45, 50). The goal was to get to 100. The first time they started at 0, but the second time I had them start at 1 since it’s more interesting.

## How Did It Go?

We had three kids this week.

#### Too Tall Tina

Not much math in this book, but loosely ties into the next activity.

#### Finding Objects

Some of the kids needed some help measuring at first. One of the kids spent a lot of time measuring different parts of their mom’s body. They were pretty excited when they found matching things.

#### Groups

The kids weren’t able to think of many of them — e.g., for cows, they only knew herd once I told them. One of the few that they did get was bees, where our son got both “hive” and “swarm” right away — which is pretty funny, because he’s rather afraid of bees. They also got band of musicians, circle of math students, pack and deck of cards, and solar system of planets. One kid guessed “pride” for fish, and then when we got to lions realized that it actually went with lions. For stars, with some help one of the kids thought of pictures in the sky, but couldn’t remember the word constellation.

#### Guess Jenny’s Number

This activity was kind of hard for them. First, they weren’t that familiar with the concept of ones and tens digit. Second, it’s pretty tricky that you need to cover all the squares that DON’T match. They kept trying, though, and with some help, they were able to do it. One neat thing is you get some nice patterns along the way. Our 8-year-old daughter worked on one of them after circle, and it wasn’t trivial for her either.

#### Skip Counting

This was a good exercise for skip counting — the game made it a bit more interesting, but mostly it was about practicing skip counting. Switching to starting at 1 made for a much more interesting game — the first time, two players finished in 3 rolls. One of the kids realized that once you were on 96, if you rolled a 3, you should stay on 96 because there are more ways to win, which is the most interesting part of this activity.