**Offline Ideas: **

**(courtesy of Rebekaah Stenner, MPSD Math Mentor Teacher)**

- Record the daily weather – sunny, rainy, cloudy – using tallies, and make a bar graph at the end of each month.
- Take pictures of and talk about interesting number patterns, clocks, math in nature.
- Measure how tall you are at the beginning of the month using string or something similar and measure again at the end of the month. Did you grow?
- Count things in your yard: pine cones, trees, rocks, sticks (if there are too many, making groups of 5 or 10 first makes counting easier, and is also good skip-counting practice).
- Count the flowers growing in your front and back yards. Which one has more/less? How many flowers are there in all? (Courtesy of Ann George through the MPSD Joyful Literacy initiative.)
- Estimate and then count how many steps and/or how long it takes to walk to different places in your home, across the yard, around the house, etc.
- Draw or write patterns outside with chalk with some items missing and try to find the missing ones. For example, circle, square, circle, square, ______, square; OR, 7, 6, 5, ____, 3, 2, 1.
- Try to figure out how many breaths we take in a day.
- Try to figure out how many days there are until Easter.
- Look for number patterns in calendars.
- Talk about the days of the week, the months of the year, the seasons.
- Talk about the different coins, what they are worth, and how to count them.
- Play Go Fish, but instead of trying to get pairs, the goal is to try to get cards that add to 10, so 3 and 7 or 2 and 8 (all cards above 9 get removed from the deck).
- Count your socks. How many do you have? How many pairs do you have?
- Decide how many noodles to cook for spaghetti for the family.
- Guess how many cups of water you will need to fill different sized buckets.
- Practice doubles by using familiar visuals like egg cartons for 6 + 6 = 12, cupcake pans for 3 + 3 = 6, weeks in the calendar for 7 + 7 = 14, crayon boxes for 8 + 8 = 16, fingers and toes for 5 + 5 and 10 + 10
- How many minutes of ads compared to actual programming time there are on different TV shows.
- Show how numbers can be broken into two parts; for example, 5 goldfish crackers could be split as 0 and 5, 1 and 4, etc.
- How much dirt do we need if we want to plant a garden?

**Online Resources:**

Math mentor teachers Rebekaah Stenner and Camille Anderson will be sharing engaging ideas and activities.

**Mathcatcher: Mathematics through Indigenous Storytelling: **

“To promote mathematics among Indigenous learners, we have created a series of stories with mathematical themes. These stories are based on the storytelling tradition of Aboriginal peoples. The fact that all of our **stories have been translated into several Indigenous languages** is probably the biggest recognition that an author could hope for. Take a moment to scroll down through this page and click on each of the stories….you will see and hear many different translations of each story.”

**Math For Love**: Games, Lessons and Activities to build a love of math!