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Magical Math - Book 1

High interest math activities for junior grades.

Magical Math - Book 1 by Mary Serenc
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Math is like a jigsaw puzzle – little bits and pieces of scattered information – some fit together and make sense, some don’t. Often lessons cover a range of topics over the week – a bit of number pattern work on Monday, a bit of measurement on Tuesday, math facts on Wednesday, and so on. Ideally math is taught in contextual chunks rather than little bits and is integrated with other subject areas to help children see its value and purpose in everyday life, that is, to see how the pieces fit together. The activities in this book have been designed with this in mind and provide a new version of the 3 R’s: REVISION: Revise the basic concepts. REAL-LIFE: Relate to children’s own experiences. RADICAL : Fun activities and themes, games and new ideas. The tasks in the book fit into the concept areas of Number, Measurement and Space.

Teaching Notes The activity sheets in this book are accompanied by introductory teaching notes which will provide teachers with the information necessary to conduct a successful lesson. Also, a number of Additional Activities pages have been included. These provide a range of stimulating ideas and activities which are unaccompanied by a worksheet. In most cases teachers can easily produce their own materials, based on the information provided. Some of the Additional Activities are intended to be used for blackboard activity sessions or in oral learning situations. Note that information for the Additional Activities is enclosed in a box for easy identification.

Ready-Ed Publications; January 2002
44 pages; ISBN 9781863974653
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Title: Magical Math - Book 1
Author: Mary Serenc; Wendy Harrap; Terry Allen

Additional Activities

Fold-Up Number Book


Sheet of paper per child; pencils; colored pencils; scissors; glue; wrapping paper or magazines.

Teaching Points:

Each child folds a sheet of paper in half and in half again to make a booklet of four pages. Number the pages. Give each child a number between 1 and 10, or 10 and 20. Children then complete their booklet as follows:

  • 1st page - Write the number and their name (by Sam Smith).

  • 2nd page - Draw a pattern for their number.

  • 3rd page - Cut out and glue pictures from wrapping paper or magazines to represent their number, e.g. 6 faces or 6 flowers.

  • 4th page - Show the number a different way, e.g. for 6:  1+1+1+1+1+1, 3 + 3, six, 5 frogs in the pond. 1 more jumped in. How many frogs?

Share booklets with the class so that activities can be done by all.