Fun Math Activities

That are educational too!

home elementary second third fourth math art comparisons book The Math Art supplemental curriculum has two primary goals:
  • Help teachers introduce, reinforce, or expand upon the math topics their students are required to learn.
  • Generate student excitement about various math topics.
All of the Math Art lessons are designed to ensure that the second of these goals is not achieved at the expense of the first. For starters, each activity has been aligned with specific math education standards laid out by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

However, it is not enough for any supplemental math book to rely solely on NCTM alignment as evidence of an ability to teach specific math concepts. This is because many of the NCTM’s standards are conceptually broad. (For instance, a sub-standard of “Communication” states that students should be able to “organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication.”) In order for supplemental lessons to be useful in the classroom, they should also explicitly state their purpose using precise language.

Therefore, below you will find specific learning objectives for each of the lessons in the book.

  • Time - Teaches students to read the imaginary numbers by which minutes are read on an analogue clock (5, 10, 15, etc.).

  • Money - Teaches students how many quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies make up a dollar.

  • Addition - Teaches students how to add using base-10 blocks.

  • Fractions - Introduces students to the terms used to describe fraction denominators ("halves," "thirds," "fourths," etc.).

  • Multiples - Teaches students how to find multiples by skip counting and how to distinguish between "common" multiples and "uncommon" multiples.

  • The Number Chart - Teaches students to recognize patterns in a number chart.

  • Inch Measurement - Teaches students to measure in inches.

  • Centimeter Measurement - Teaches students to measure in centimeters.

  • Multiplication - Teaches students how to represent multiplication facts as arrays.

  • Square Numbers - Teaches students why a square number is called a square number.

  • Symmetry - Teaches students how to make symmetrical designs and how to distinguish between vertical symmetry, horizontal symmetry, and rotational symmetry.

  • Perimeter - Teaches students how to determine the perimeter of complex shapes.

  • Area - Teaches students to determine the area of complex shapes.

  • Place Value - Helps students memorize places values, including decimal place values.

  • Perpendicular and Parallel Lines - Teaches students to identify perpendicular and parallel lines.

  • Angles - Teaches students to estimate and compare angle measurements.

  • Shapes - Teaches students to organize 19 shape names into three categories.

  • Similar Triangles - Teaches students to identify similar and congruent triangles.

  • Data and Graphs - Teaches students how to use the same data to make a bar graph, line graph, and circle graph.

  • Prisms and Pyramids - Teaches students to identify differences between prisms and pyramids. It also teaches students to count edges, vertexes, and faces.

  • Volume - Teaches students to calculate the volume of boxes.

  • Percents - Teaches students to convert fractions into decimals and percents.

  • Fractions of a Set - Introduces students to the idea of fractions as parts of sets.

  • Map Scale - Teaches students to determine "real life" distances on maps.

  • Reflections, Translations, & Rotations - Teaches students to distinguish between reflections, translations, and rotations.

  • Division - Teaches students two different ways to understand the "divisor" in a division problem.

  • Radius of a Circle - Teaches students how to make circles using given radii.

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