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Take Math Outdoors this Summer!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Are you looking for ways to promote and extend your child's math learning in the summer? Take math outside! Many of the everyday summer activities that your child engages in provide opportunities for making math practical through meaningful math explorations.

Number

  • Count collections of objects found in nature or on a scavenger hunt
  • Calculate rates and speed during running, biking and obstacle races
  • Estimate the heights and lengths of natural and manmade objects outside 

Algebra

  • Find examples of growing and shrinking patterns in nature
  • Code your friend, where one person is the coder, while the other is the robot, and the coder must instruct the robot on how to navigate a path or do a dance around the yard

Spatial

  • Use a park map to plan a route and travel to a new location
  • Go on a shape hunt and find shapes in the natural environment
  • Examine leaves and other objects to find symmetry
  • Estimate and determine elapsed time of road trips and adventures

Data

  • Keep a tally of the different types of birds that come to the feeder or other animals that come into the yard
  • Track and graph daily temperatures or precipitation over time
  • Track the growth of plants in a vegetable garden and examine how they change over time

Financial Literacy

  • Determine a budget and calculate the costs to refresh a garden
  • Set up a lemonade stand and determine costs and sales goals
  • Donate gently used outdoor items that you're done with for others to enjoy

Have fun adding some math joy to your outdoor experiences this summer!

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