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 1GEOBOARD 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 2DOMINO 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 3MAKE 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 4PATTERN 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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