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• 1. January 27, 2010<br />As parents, we use math all the time - as we shop, go out to eat, budget for grocery shopping, pay bills, read recipes and cook. Often, our children are with us during these tasks. Perhaps they are even helping out. Why not involve them in the math?<br />Our goal for this year’s Family Math Night is to bring to light the opportunities for meaningful, quality math instruction right at home. Each activity showcased tonight is suitable for children of various ages. Parents often need to deal with two or more children at once, and these versatile math activities can be adjusted to challenge older children as well as to meet the needs of younger ones. The educators at each station will also suggest ways you might adapt the ideas to fit your family. Once you start, you’ll find yourself making your own adjustments automatically. <br />Our hope is that tonight will serve as a model for incorporating math practice into aspects of daily life. With time, you will eventually feel more comfortable and begin to see opportunities for your child’s math practice all around you. Most important part of all – have fun!<br />1562100105410<br />Incorporate math while grocery shopping or at home using items from the store<br />
• 2. Primary: Identify numbers and money amounts; Begin adding coins
• 3. Intermediate: Add money amounts; Find the difference or make change
• 4. Measurement/Geometry
• 5. All levels: Identify capacity and ways to describe amounts (i.e., gallons, quarts, cups, pints, dozen, half dozen, less, more, etc.)
• 6. Questions to ask-all ages: Can you find a gallon container? Can you find a group of a dozen? Which container do you think holds more? Which holds less?
• 7. At home: Cook together. Ask your child to read the recipes and packages to identify and read measurements. This will be a help to you and fun for them!
• 8. Using Food to Practice Math Skills
• 9. Primary: Sort, Count, Graph, Measure, Add and Subtract
• 10. Questions: How many yellow fruit loops does Mom have? Who has more, Mom or you? How many blue and red M & M’s are there?
• 11. Intermediate: Graph, Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, Measure, Practice Probability
• 12. Examples: How many more green M & M’s than red? How many blue and yellow fruit loops are there? If Jenny, Steve, and Alex are coming over and I have 12 skittles, how many will each person have? State facts in number sentence format: “1 orange skittle plus 5 green skittles is less than 12 purple skittles.”
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• 15. How big is it?
• 16. Compare sizes of different containers. Ask your child to put them in order by largest to smallest and vica versa.
• 17. Estimate capacity. How many of a small container can fit into a larger container? Allow your child to test his or her guess by filling the containers with rice or water.
• 18. Identify the different shapes of containers.
• 19. Calculate the bill