Literacy and Math Activities (Story Stretchers)

Activity – Number Kit

Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes (KSA)
On the dot counting. Use the match card template as a counting card for buttons etc… Have the child count out loud while placing the small objects on the happy- face spots. K- number identification
K- understanding number value
S- hand-eye coordination
Number Guess. Using a number line of 1-10 or 1-20 for older children, have one child pick a secret number. The rest will try to guess the number on the number line with hints from the secret number holder (too big, too small, too high, too low) The player that correctly guesses the secret number is the leader for the next round. (Use number line and post-it notes to mark incorrect guesses) K - colour recognition
K - matching
S - memory of colours
Number Bingo. Families mark the template as per instructions and take turns pulling foam cubes out of the bingo bag. K- number identification
K- complete line recognition (bingo)
S- hand-eye coordination
S- taking turns and sharing
Making my own tape measure. Families choose a body part or object to use as a measurement “unit” and measure it off with a length of yarn. They then “measure” other objects or body parts with their new “yarn measure” and record some comparisons. (my arm is 10 “mum-thumbs” long, the table is 4 “chairs” wide.) K- a measuring unit can be anything.
S- comparison of length without numeric units. Ratio
S- estimation,
A-personal connection with math measurement ideas.
Balance and weights. Using a ruler balanced over a pencil or the coat hanger balance scale, use base ten blocks to show how balance works. Use other objects (wooden blocks of all shapes and sizes) and predict which will weigh more or less. Test predictions on the coat-hanger ruler-scale balance. Create a chart to manage data.(optional) K- terms balance, even, same, equal, heavier, lighter, more, less, up, down
S- predicting the comparative weight of different objects and weight ratios to create balance.
Symmetry activity. Fold a piece of construction paper
in half and have children draw/stick stickers on one side
and copy on the other. Repeat the activity by cutting
shapes out of the folded paper and unfolding to reveal
the symmetry. Have children add or subtract from one or both sides of
a dividing line to create symmetry. Use a mirror to show other types of symmetry to older
children.
K-terms symmetry, half, even, same, equal, mirror image, S- can create a symmetrical balance by adding or subtracting objects on either side of a dividing line