Math at Home
Math at Home activity book available

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at the Regional Mathematics Center at the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene developed a resource for teachers and parents to use at home during periods of extended time out of the classroom. Designed to help parents and teachers keep students engaged with mathematics, the free book, “Mathematics at Home: Activity Book,” contains 13 games for elementary-aged students along with links to videos and photos to support hands-on learning. It includes riddles, scavenger hunts, and games that require household items such as cards or dice, as well as items found in nature such as rocks.

Playing games helps encourage student-directed goal setting and mathematical understanding. We also know that parents may need support teaching their children, so there is a section on suggested questions to ask children as they engage in the activities. Questions like ‘How did you know to do that?’ and ‘What do you think the best strategy would be in this situation?’ help build metacognitive triggers that students can use the rest of their lives in problem-solving.

Math at Home
Bean Thirteen
Dr. Abe and Hayden explain the rules of the Bean Thirteen Game.

Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligott is a delightful story about Frank and Flora, two bugs who were picking beans for dinner. As Flora picks the last bean, Frank become desperate to figure out how to avoid the bad luck that comes with the 13th bean.

Math at Home
Help children practice mathematics using everyday household items.
Young children can engage in mathematics at home by comparing objects by weight, length, capacity and volume. Children in kindergarten and first grade can be asked to put objects in order based on their attributes, for example, “Which fruit is the heaviest? Which is the second heaviest? Which is the least heavy? | read more…