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These activities are meant to provide an example of  exploration activities for Everyday Math. Generally, I have 4 stations set up, and the children rotate to each one. For example, if my math period is 40 minutes, the children would spend ten minutes at each station. I like to include some form of recording sheet that the children use in each station. This is not required by the program, and as such is optional. The following explorations are  meant for a 2nd grade class, but can be used at the end of first grade also.

EXPLORATION 1--GEOBOARD  ARRAYS

This exploration is simple to set up. It strengthens student understanding of shapes and later  area.

MATERIALS:

1 baggie of rubber bands
Geoboards
Recording sheet (Master 17) and pencil
Student  Directions attached to basket

Student Directions:

1. Make a  rectangle on your geoboard.
2. Draw it on your paper.
3. Count the number  of rows.
4. Count how many in each row.
5. Count how many in all.

EXPLORATION 2--DOMINO  SORT

This exploration strengthens student understanding of  fact families for addition.

MATERIALS:

Box of dominoes
Teacher made recording sheet and pencil
Student directions attached to basket

Student Directions:

1. Pick a domino and lay it face up on the table.
2. Add the two numbers together to find the  sum.
3. Find that sum on your recording sheet and write the fact in that  box.
4. Repeat.

The recording sheet has one box for each of the  numbers 0 - 18. The children list the facts in the correct box. For example,  under 8 they would use the dominoes to list - 1 + 7 = 8; 0 + 8 = 8; 2 + 6 =  8.

EXPLORATION 3--MAKE A  NUMBER

This exploration strengthens student understanding of  place value, as well as greater than/less than.

MATERIALS:

3 baggies with tens and ones rods.
Deck of cards
Teacher Made Recording Sheet
Student Directions attached to basket.

Student Directions:

1. Using a deck of cards,  choose 2 cards.
2. Using rods, make smallest number.
3. Using rods, make  largest number.
4. Repeat.

The recording sheet has two columns, one for each number they make. There is a line for them to write the number and a box next to that. In the box they draw the representation of the number as they have made it with the rods. For example, the number 22 would have two tens rods  and two ones rods drawn on the paper. My sheet also has a key at the top that  tells what each rod represents.

EXPLORATION 4--PATTERN BLOCKS

This exploration strengthens student understanding of  patterns, shapes and spatial orientation.

MATERIALS:

Baggie with pattern blocks.
Crayons
Recording sheet (Master 23)
Student  directions attached to basket

Student Directions:

1. Make a  pattern of a quilt using pattern blocks.
2. Trace and color.


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