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Magical Math - Book 2

High interest math activities for junior grades.

Magical Math - Book 2 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
43 pages; ISBN 9781863974691
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Title: Magical Math - Book 2
Author: Mary Serenc; Wendy Harrap; Terry Allen

Additional Activities



Paper; pencils; colored pencils.

Teaching Points

Give children a set of 10 verbal instructions for a drawing. Use a variety of positional terms, e.g.

  • Draw hills at the top of the page.

  • Draw a house at the bottom of the page.

  • Draw a sheep in the middle of the page.

  • Draw a large fence around the sheep.

  • Draw a cow inside the fence.

  • Draw a dog outside the fence.

  • Draw two birds flying above the hills.

  • Draw the sun in the top corner of the page.

  • Draw a tree near the house.

  • Draw a cat between the tree and house.



Blackboard; drawing paper; colored pencils.

Teaching Points

  • Write the following on the board:

  • Ten green monsters

  • Eating bread and jam.

  • Ten green monsters

  • Eating bread and jam.

  • But if one green monster

  • Should accidentally scram,

  • There’d be nine green monsters

  • Eating bread and jam. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0.

[ Sing to the tune: "Ten Green Bottles Sitting on the Wall".

Continue singing, taking away another monster (number) each time till there are "no green monsters eating bread and jam".

[ Divide children into pairs or groups of three. One group draws 10 green monsters, another draws 9 green monsters, and so on to zero (no green monsters). Children hold up their picture at the appropriate time during the song.