Math can be a touchy subject for many teachers. Here we have some activities and ideas that can liven up the hour a bit. All of theses ideas involve items you can find in that "junk drawer" I know we all have at home as well as in our classrooms. These activities are great starters, center activities, as well as whole group activities.
I'm not sure what the original idea from the creator was, but I love this idea for teaching angles. Students start geometry with angle in third grade and I had several who struggled with the idea of different angles. This would be a great way to visualize the 3 major type of angles they learn: acute, obtuse, and right. (courtesy of tottreasuresnorthbay.blogspot.com)
Here is a fun twist on the normal dice idea. Make it more fun for the students. Use them in small group or for class activities. (Courtesy of swimmingintosecond.blogspot.com)
Self Start (or as I call it, "Bellwork")
An easy self start for the students. It gets their brain thinking "math." Never too hard for them and can be changed daily without any struggle. (courtesy of Visit shoopdedoop.wordpress.com)
We do a bit with time in third grade and many of the kids struggle with the difference between the hour and minute hand; not only which is which, but also that the hour is shown and the minutes count by 5's. Here is a fun and easy activity to do with the students so they can visualize time. (Courtesy of http://www.kiwicrate.com/projects/Not-Your-Average-Paper-Clock/1354)
Classifying shapes can be hard. Many students have in their head that a triangle has to have all the sides the same length. This activity can emphasize that this is not always the case. Have them divide shapes between what it is and what it is not on each side of the paper.
(Courtesy of http://www.kindergartenkindergarten.com/2012/02/math-warm-ups-2-dimensional-geometric-shapes.html)
Have students color a kite with squares. They can color how ever many they want each color as long as they are not all the same. Then they write the fractions of colors on the paper. Fun math assignment and also fun to hang in the classroom.
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This is a great idea when teaching fractions. It shows many different ways the fraction can be shown- not just as a pizza.
(Courtesy of http://www.primaryfilefoldergames.blogspot.com/search/label/fractions)
It seems that no matter how many times you teach it, kids have a hard time with rounding. Try putting this up in your classroom to act as a reminder of how to round.
(Courtesy of http://www.alyciazimmerman.com/math-charts.html)
This website has tons of fractions activities for kids. Check it out and have fun...
Who can remember all the names of the polygons? Very few people, that's who. Here is a cute poster to hang up in your room for all the polygons from 3-12 sides.
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Partners face each other with hands behind their back. One the count of "3" or when one says "draw", they pull their finger out from behind their back. Each hand has a number 1-5 on it. The first one to say the product of the two numbers gets a point. Can also be played with flash cards where the student has to solve the problem written down the fastest.
(Courtesy of http://www.cooperativelearning365.com/2012_02_01_archive.html)
This is an activity designed for the SMARTboard. It does cost $10 for the program but is a great interactive tool for teaching money.
(Courtesy of http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Touch-Money-Touch-Math-for-Smart-Board-or-Interactive-Board)
Many math games use dice and the kids can get a bit crazy with them. Here is a simple idea on how to keep the dice in one place and the kids never actually touch the dice.
(Courtesy of Lindsay Crawley)
Use Uno cards to work on place value. Have the students flip over 1, 2, 3, etc. cards and figure out which number has the largest value. Kids can work in teams to make it competitive trying to be the first to have the right answer.
(Courtesy of http://blog.aussiepumpkinpatch.com/2010/02/place-value-war.html)
Mean, Median, Mode, Range
Use a set of face cards for mean, median, mode, and range. Set them our for a center or a starter activity.
(Courtesy of http://debbiediller.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/fifth-grade-math-station-at-scarborough-elementary/)