# Math Empowers Parents

## Middletown Township Public Schools

## Grades K-2 ~ 3rd Trimester 2018-2019

*Math Empowers Parents, Grades K-2*is a newsletter for parents of children in Kindergarten through Second Grades. Each publication will include information on how parents can support and foster the love of math at home.

## Math Before Bed

The benefits of reading stories to our children at nighttime have been shared countless times over, and for good reason. Reading improves literacy skills. Why is it that we don’t do math with our children before bed?

*Math Before Bed* is a collection of prompts that can inspire mathematical discussions that you and your children can have before bed, at dinner, or anytime. Each prompt on this site shows you and your child a perplexing problem. Sometimes there is one right answer and sometimes there are many right answers. The purpose of each question is to generate a discussion about HOW you determined an answer. If you find one answer, try to find another. You could complete one prompt a night, or many prompt.

Check out the prompts below and many more at Math Before Bed.

## Early Childhood Mathematics - In Their Own World: Grocery Store

Children learning early childhood mathematics have fascinating minds! They can take the simplest task and turn it into a grand opportunity. This is especially true in the grocery store! Here are some fun, easy-to-do activities that will brighten yours and the child’s day through mathematical explorations - in their own world. Read more here about fun activities that foster the love and learning of math!

## Spring Math Story Books

## Sorting through Spring by Lizann Flat As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes, and more can be found by observing everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would flowers bloom in patterns? Would raindrops fall in rhythm? Would birds balance evenly on branches? In Sorting through Spring, the second title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of patterning, sorting, data management, and probability. This interactive, poetic, and artful picture book series is a non-intimidating and enticing way to introduce math to kids — they will laugh, use their imaginations, and learn through activities inspired by the books. | ## One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes This hilarious read-aloud picture book about 100 ants making their way to a picnic is a great way to introduce students to counting, multiplication, and other math concepts. One hundred hungry ants head toward a picnic to get food for their tummies, but stop to change their line formation, showing different ways to group one hundred. This causes them to lose both time and food in the end. | ## Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni A small green inchworm is proud of his skill at measuring anything—a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak. Then, one day a nightingale threatens to eat him if he cannot measure his song. Children will enjoy the clever inchworm’s solution and delight in finding the tiny hero on every page. |

## Sorting through Spring by Lizann Flat

*Sorting through Spring*, the second title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of patterning, sorting, data management, and probability. This interactive, poetic, and artful picture book series is a non-intimidating and enticing way to introduce math to kids — they will laugh, use their imaginations, and learn through activities inspired by the books.

## One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes

## Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

## Spring Math Activities!

## Spring DesignsGather a certain number of small objects, such as small sticks, pebbles, dandelions, blades of grass, or leaves (at least 10 to 20). Then, make a picture, pattern, or design on a flat surface using all the objects. - Count the total number of objects as well as and the number of each type of object.
- Compare two or more groups of objects. Which has the greater number of items? The least?
- Compare two groups of objects. How many more would need to be added or subtracted so they were equal amounts?
- Find different ways can the objects can be arranged to make a completely new design.
| ## Measurement and Size Collect objects from outside - pebbles/rocks, sticks, flowers, blades of grass - and arrange them in order from shortest to longest or largest to smallest. Then, use nonstandard measuring tools - paper clips, blocks, food items - to measure how long each object is. Rulers, tape measures, and yardsticks can be used, as well. Compare the lengths of the different objects. | ## Skip Counting Hopscotch Use sidewalk chalk to draw a hopscotch game board outside. Instead of the traditional way to fill in numbers in order, mix them up and use multiples of 2, 5, or 10. The children then can hop around the game board choosing the correct number as they skip count. For example - 2, 4, 6, 8, and so on. For children who are still learning their numbers, call out the numbers for them to hop on and identify. Another option would be to draw a giant number line or hundreds chart on the driveway and practice skip counting by jumping through the number line or hundreds chart. |

## Spring Designs

Gather a certain number of small objects, such as small sticks, pebbles, dandelions, blades of grass, or leaves (at least 10 to 20). Then, make a picture, pattern, or design on a flat surface using all the objects.

- Count the total number of objects as well as and the number of each type of object.
- Compare two or more groups of objects. Which has the greater number of items? The least?
- Compare two groups of objects. How many more would need to be added or subtracted so they were equal amounts?
- Find different ways can the objects can be arranged to make a completely new design.

## Measurement and Size

## Skip Counting Hopscotch

## Dreambox Corner

- Having trouble logging your child on to DreamBox? Make sure you are using the correct link. This link will get you to the Middletown homepage for DreamBox and from there, you can choose the correct school.
- Here are some fun, motivating resources for your child to track their progress on Dreambox.

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

Leonardo Elementary School

Catherine Woodle

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

Fairview and Lincroft Elementary Schools