It's been awhile since I had an actual post for Math Monday. This week we focused on the letter Gg and I got the idea from letteroftheweek.com to teach some "greater than" math. The game that follows was my own creation.
This is a really simple game. I just took a half a sheet of paper and wrote "Greater Than Game" on it with a > under it. Then I drew some lines to create a little chart called "Greater Than Facts." In order to play the game the girls each get to roll one die. We then bring the dice into the middle of the table to compare the amount of dots. We then put the dice on the Greater Than Game paper with the die with the most dots on the left side of the paper. Then we say, for example, "5 is greater than 1." I then wrote the numerals in the chart and the girl who had rolled the larger amount received a "stick." If the girls rolled equal numbers no one got a stick (I debated with myself whether to give them both a stick or neither. Still not sure if that is the way I like it) and we wrote it at the bottom of the game chart, "6=6"
The girls really seemed to like this game, they have asked to play it two times since.
Some other math we did this week was with the science "experiment" of making goo. First we needed to measure how much corn starch was in one box. I measured 1/4 cup at a time, showing them that it took 4 to make a cup.
We discovered there were 3 cups of corn starch in the box. Then I had to divide it into 4 parts. So I drew 3 cups divided into quarters. I shaded each 3/4 of a cup with a different pattern to show we needed 3/4 of a cup 4 times.
Not sure if they had any clue what I was doing or if it makes sense to anyone else, but it makes sense to me.