Math Box Feb. – March 5

Feb. 16-March 5


Go to school web site:
Click on the LINKS button
Click on Math Links
1.  Woodlands Math (scroll down to Shape and Space Skills section)
a.  Shapes:
i. Y4 Sort Triangles
ii.  Sort Quadrilaterals
iii.  Match the 3D shapes
b.  Angles
i.  Banana Hunt
ii.  Angles Through Sports
c.  Symmetry
i.  Symmetry Game

2.  Drawing a Picture:  Ask your child to draw the shape of his/her bedroom floor.  Then have your student measure the length and width of the room and write in these measurements on the picture.  Also, have the child draw the main pieces of furniture in the room and write their measurements.  Now look at the picture with your child and discuss how the furniture in the room could be rearranged.

3.  Dice:  roll the dice and then draw a shape with that many sides and angles.  For example, if you rolled a “3” then you could draw a triangle.  Repeat 3 more times by rolling different numbers.

4.  Symmetry:  Here’s an activity that will help your child recognize shapes that have lines
of symmetry.  A line of symmetry is any line that divides the shape into tow matching halves.  Some shapes have more than one line of symmetry.  Others don’t have any lines of symmetry.
Write the alphabet in large capital letters on a piece of paper.  Ask your child to identify letters that have one or more lines of symmetry.

IN THE CAR or on  a WALK:

5.  Angles:  Help your child become familiar with different kinds of angles while you are on a walk or drive.  A right angle is shaped like the corner of a piece of paper (it is 90 degrees).  An acute angle is less than a right angle.  An obtuse angle is greater than a right angle.
Help your child identify the three kinds of angles in your town.  You’ll find angles in car windows, on street signs, in doors, on posters, in suitcases, etc.


6.  Congruent Shapes:  This activity will help your child learn how to recognize congruent figures.  Figures that are congruent are the same shape and same size.  Find a can, a soup can will do fine, and a box, such as a cereal box or shoe box.  Have your child look at the can and the box and tell you which sides of each are congruent.  The top and the bottom of a can are congruent.  Opposite sides of a box are congruent.  Tell your child to think of a room in your home as a big box.  Ask your child to identify walls that are congruent.

7.  Area:  Ask your child to calculate the area of a tile on the floor or a window pane in your home by measuring its length and width to the nearest inch or centimeter and then multiplying them together.  By knowing the area of one unit, your child can find the area of the whole floor or window.  Have your child count the total number of tiles or window panes and multiply that number by the area of one tile or window pane.

8.  Volume:  Help your child practice calculating the volume of an object.  The volume of a solid shape is found by multiplying the length times the width times the height of the shape.  Ask your child to measure the width, length, and height of a toaster to the nearest inch or centimeter.  Then have your child multiply these three dimensions together to get the volume.  Repeat the activity with another household item.

9.  How Big is the Perimeter?  This activity will give your child practice finding the distance around an object, or its perimeter.  Have your child find the perimeter of two table tops in your home.  Your child can measure each side of each table separately and add the four lengths together.  Or your child can measure the distance around each table all at once.  Repeat the activity using another household item.

10.  Points on a Grid:  Spread out a map on a table or on the floor.  Think of a place on the map that your child is familiar with, for example, the school.  Tell the child: “I’m thinking of a place in the square B-6.  You go to this place almost every day.”
The child can look for the square that is across or down from the letter B and the number 6.  Once your child finds the square, he or she can look for the place that fits the clue (the school).  Have your child find two other places on the map.

New Math Box Games: (Cut out card stock games attached to this packet)

11. Parallelogram Game:  Play this game to help your child learn to recognize different kinds of parallelograms.  Parallelograms are four-sided figures having opposite sides that are parallel and the same length.
Mix up the 5 pairs of parallelogram cards from the pieces of card stock you cut out, and lay them face down.  Take turns turning over 2 cards at a time.  If the parallelograms on the two cards match, then the player can keep the cards.  Whoever gets more cards wins.

12.  Solid Shapes:  Try this activity to help your child learn how to recognize rectangular prisms, cubes, cylinders, and spheres.  Cut out the card stock with the names of the shapes on them.  Ask your child to find two examples of each shape and put the correct card on each object.  Your child might place a rectangular prism card on the TV or the refrigerator.  Your child might place a cube card on a toy block or a number cube.  The child might place a cylinder card on a paper towel roll or a can.  Your child might place a sphere card on a ball or marble.

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