Calvert Country School   


Math Learning numbers through leaves 
Submitted by Donna Will

Using precut laminated leaf shapes in a variety of fall colors, each with a number on it from 1-10, the students will throw the leaves in the air and watch them fall to the floor.  The teacher makes sure all the leaves have the number side up before beginning the song,

            Leaves are falling
            Leaves are falling
            To the ground, to the ground
            Leaves are falling, leaves are falling
            Look what number____ found (fill in student's name)

(This is sung to the tune of "Are you sleeping, brother John?")

One at a time the students pick a leaf from the floor and match it to the same number on a large index card on the table.  Continue with the song until all the leaves have been picked up and matched to a card on the table.  This idea can be adapted to all levels of learning. Several of my students found only numbers 1-5. 

Calvert High School

Math Ideas 
Submitted by Kim Bowen

        Something else that I do to maintain students' interest in math class is to offer weekly math riddles.I enjoy watching the kids THINK.I mean, really THINK.for a few minutes while the attempt to solve them.  It's nice to choose riddles that pertain to what the kids are CURRENTLY learning, too, if possible!  A couple of riddles that I've used so far include.

ü      A car's odometer shows 72927 miles, a palindromic number.  (A palindrome can be read both forwards and backwards, like "kayak.")  What are the minimum miles you would need to travel to form another?
Answer: 110 miles (73037 is the next palindrome.)

ü      The following number is the only one of its kind: 8,549,176,320.  Can you figure out why it is so special?
Answer: It's the only number that has all the digits arranged in alphabetical order!  (Of course, using each digit only once.)

ü      Find the next number in the sequence: 0,1,4,9,16,25.
Answer: 36.  The pattern is 0², 1², 2², 3², 4², 5².The next number would be 6²!

    Something that I've found to be EXTREMELY helpful in MSA- and HSA-related math courses is to STRESS the use of graphing calculators by ALL of my students.  You'd be AMAZED what graphing calculators can assist our students with.Solving linear systems, graphing lines, finding quartiles for box and whisker plots, calculating measures of central tendency.and TONS more.  If anyone would like assistance with the use of graphing calculators in the classroom, please feel free to contact me at CHS (x7333) anytime. 

Mt. Harmony Elementary School 


For each of the games described below, one bag of cubes or manipulatives should be available for the player to find the product, if necessary.

DICE MULTIPLICATION - Materials:  2 dice (use regular die to practice 1-6 and use 5-10 to practice higher), one master multiplication grid, markers (cubes, stones, discs), and 3 to 4 players.

The players roll one die and the player with the highest number goes first.  The first player rolls the 2 dice and multiplies them together aloud (example: 2 X 6= 12).  If the answer is correct, the player takes one marker.  If the answer is incorrect, it is the next player's turn.  Play continues clockwise.  The player with the most markers wins.

Another game to play if you have one student working on a skill in math is solitary.  This would work with skip counting for twos, 3s, 4s, 5s, and so on.  Make a set of cards for each set of numbers and work on no more than 4 sets of numbers.  For example: 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s.  Then you would have all the numbers in order for each set.  (i.e. 2-20 by twos, and 3-30 by ...).  Teach the student how to play solitary the normal way, but remember to have different suits and colors. Perhaps the twos could be clubs, 3s could be diamonds and so on.    They will need to build their final piles in sequential order.

Mutual Elementary School

Math's a Ball

Beach balls can be used in a variety of ways to reinforce math skills.  This activity focuses on the concepts of recognizing and reading numbers, one more, one less, ten more, and ten less.