Standard: NCTM Algebra

A Cat Quandary

In this lesson, children will use objects, pictures and numbers to play out scenarios that involve addition and subtraction.

In this lesson, children will create patterns using beads to string a necklace.

Cereal Sorting

In this lesson, children will sort loop cereal such as Fruit Cheerios or Fruit Loops by color and then make patterned bracelets.

Coin-Rubbing Matching Game

In this lesson, children will examine the attributes of coins to identify similarities and differences.

Dinosaur Hop

In this board game, children collect dinosaurs of different colors as they count their way around the board.

Dots of Fun

In this lesson, children will explore the concept of addition by counting the dots on a domino.

Dynamic Dominoes

In this lesson, children will be introduced to a variety of beginning math concepts using dominoes.

Eating Up Patterns

In this lesson, children will sort by color and then create and extend patterns using Fruit Loops cereal.

Fill the Carton

In this lesson, children will practice counting and number recognition using numbers one thru twelve, an egg carton and small manipulatives such as pebbles.

Fractionpillar

In this lesson, children will create and record the fractions for each color of their caterpillar using colored pompoms.

Groovy Buttons

In this lesson, children will read a book about Pete the Cat. As Pete loses the buttons from his shirt, the children will count down from four to zero.

In this lesson, children will string the correct number of beads onto pipe cleaners. The number of beads will correspond with the number on the label at the top of each pipe cleaner.

Hungry Alligator

In this lesson, children will determine if a number is greater than, less than or equal to another.

Inch by Inch

In this lesson, children will use colored measuring worms to measure the legs of the heron in the book

Jack and the Beanstalk

In this lesson, children will estimate and then measure how many beans fit in the giant’s hand and compare it to how many beans fit in their own hands.

Jump in the River

In this lesson, children will explore addition of whole numbers.

Knives, Forks and Spoons, Oh My!

In this lesson, children will sort and classify utensils and use them to show and describe relative positioning in space.

Laundry Sorting

In this lesson, children will sort “laundry” by color, size, shape and clothing attribute.

LEGO Math

In this lesson, children will practice counting and adding whole numbers using LEGO blocks.

Measuring Straws

In this lesson, children will use pre-cut straws and match them up with a corresponding length on a piece of paper.

Monkey Mania

In this lesson, children will use subtraction by acting out the words to the accompanying book and song.

Mouse Count

In this lesson, children will count sets of mice and add sets of mice together up to 10 and subtract from the set of mice, from 10 down to zero.

Number Memory

In this lesson, children will match cards that display numbers with cards that display groups of objects that represent those numbers.

Number Sequence Puzzle

In this lesson, children will assemble a puzzle using number strips in the order of 1-10.

Number Yard

In this lesson, children will create their own number yard books by drawing the number of objects that correspond with the numbers on the pages of the book.

Odd or Even

In this lesson, children will differentiate between odd and even numbers by sorting numbers 1-20 into “Odd” or “Even” circles.

One Duck Stuck

In this lesson, children will read the book and begin to recognize that each number is one more than the one before it and that a growing pattern is a pattern that increases or decreases by a constant difference.

One Fish, Red Fish

In this lesson, children will sort, count and record piles of different-colored Goldfish crackers.

Painted Rock

In this lesson, children will use rocks numbered from one to 10 to practice sequencing skills.

Patterns in Sounds and Shapes

In this lesson, children will listen to and recognize patterns in sounds, actions and shapes.

Picture Pie Fractions

In this lesson, children will identify parts of a whole and create pictures using a whole circle, a half circle, a quarter circle and an eighth of a circle.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

In this lesson, children will graph the different vehicles that they scoop out of a bucket and then analyze their collected data.

Quack and Count

In this lesson, children will use manipulatives to form different groups that make up the number seven.

Remainder of One

In this lesson, children will arrange them 25 cubes into groups of two, three, four and five. The children will examine the different groups and learn about the concept of a remainder.

Sandwich Shop Game

In this lesson, children look at a menu and count out sandwich pieces to build sandwiches and then calculate the prices of their sandwiches.

Subtraction Bowling

In this lesson, children will subtract the number of “bowling pins” that are knocked down and calculate the remaining pins left standing, using a base of 10.

Take a Trip with Rooster

In this lesson, children will predict, sort, add and subtract the various animals that Rooster meets on his trip.

Tally It Up

In this lesson, children will organize and present tally sticks/marks to represent the number counted.

Ten, Nine, Eight

In this lesson, children will orally count backwards from 10 to 1.

The Tiny Seed

In this lesson, children will count the seeds by ones and twos and then put the packets in order from smallest to largest and vice versa.

Tod und Leben (Life and Death)

In this lesson, children will play a card game and try to accumulate as many cards as possible by identifying the higher-ranking cards.

Uno

In this lesson, children will practice sorting not-number cards from number cards and develop their number sense by identifying similar numbers, one below a number and one above a number.

Vehicle Patterning

In this lesson, children will use vehicle counters to recreate existing patterns and find the unknown within a pattern.

What Comes in Twos, Threes and Fours?

In this lesson, children will be able to recognize, sort and differentiate objects in groups of two, three and four.

What’s in a Name?

In this lesson, children will count, compare, contrast and graph the number of letters in their names.

Which is Tallest?

In this lesson, children will compare blocks of different lengths and lay them on a graphing map in order from shortest to tallest.

Who’s Hiding?

In this lesson, children will analyze the book’s illustrations to determine which animal is hiding. The children will use the partial data in a guessing/thinking format to figure out which animal is hiding.

Wonderful Worms

In this lesson, children will use colorful plastic worms of different sizes to measure various objects around the room.

Yahtzee

In this lesson, children will add the numbers of two dice and cross out the sum.

Chalk Magic

“Vera, Vera!  Come see how bright the colors are in my rainbow!” Four-year-old Owen is ecstatic about his discovery of a colorful collection of wet chalk after a summer shower in our outdoor classroom. This happy accident has paved the way for a sensory adventure as we meet our math and science early learning standards […]

Return of the Sand Gardens

“I found GOLD!” squeals Laura. Four little friends are quick to join her in the latest gold rush in the sandbox. In the wee hours of the morning, often when the sun is barely above the horizon and the coffee is still being brewed, gold will magically appear in our sandbox. Spray-painted rocks that […]

Playing with Sticks

If you’ve been fortunate enough to visit The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, or driven by the Arboretum on Interstate 88, you may have spotted Joe the Guardian, a 20-foot-tall, spear-wielding troll peering down at the passing cars from atop his grassy berm. Joe is just one of six towering troll statues created by […]

May the Force be With You

“Look! The people blocks are in a line and they crash at the bottom,  just like when we play on the slide!” This is a lightbulb moment as Evelyn transfers knowledge gleaned from a previous play experience into her current hands-on learning. A chain-reaction domino fall during today’s block play reminds Evelyn of […]

Welcome to My Paint Party!

“Sally, look!  My rock turned purple!” Three-year-old Eleanor can’t contain her excitement as she changes the color of a rock with her paintbrush. Ah, the joy of painting rocks with water. Yes, water! I will be the first to admit that I really wanted to be the educator who LOVED paint and easels and […]