Math-a-Magician Activity Set

MATH-A-MAGICIAN ACTIVITY SET
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MATH-A-MAGICIAN ACTIVITY SET
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Ages 4 - 7
Grades Pre Kindergarten +

A magical way to teach estimation, early probability, counting, and more..

Pull rabbits out of this hat to learn probability! A magical way to teach estimation, early probability, counting, and more!

  • Teaches numbers and operations, early algebra, estimation and measurement too
  • Requires students to stretch their minds as they strategically choose between fair and unfair spinners
  • Includes unique 4-in-1 spinner cards, 36 plastic rabbits (18 large, 18 small) in 3 colors, Activity Guide and durable plastic hat (6"H x 7.5" in diameter)

This math activity set is sure to make magical mathematical moments happen as students explore numbers, counting, sorting, estimation, graphing, probability, and much more. Activities highlighted below align with the NCTM Standards and can be used with whole-class lessons, small groups, learning centers, or for individual skill reinforcement.

Number and Operations
Counting and Numbers
Put all the rabbits into the hat. Say a number and ask students to reach in the hat and pull out that many rabbits. Count the rabbits to emphasize one-to-one correspondence and sequence of numbers. Skip Counting Group the rabbits by twos to work on skip counting. Line up the rabbits in pairs and count aloud. Try additional skip counting groups such as threes and fives.
Add it up Develop addition skills and practice math facts. Ask students to pull a specific number of rabbits out of the hat (for example, five rabbits). Make a number sentence of these rabbits, such as two green rabbits plus three purple rabbits equals five rabbits altogether. Repeat this activity to work on other numbers and math facts. Spin, Take and Count Put all the rabbits into the hat. Place the hat in the center of the table and place the spinner next to the hat. One student spins any of the spinners, reaches into the hat, and tries to pull out one rabbit that matches the color on the spinner. If the color matches, keep the rabbit. If it does not match, put it back in the hat. Each student repeats this and takes five turns each. At the end of five rounds, count the rabbits that each student has. Discuss who had the most rabbits, the fewest rabbits, or did anyone have the same number of rabbits?


Algebraic Thinking Sort and Classify
Pull 10 rabbits out of the hat and have students sort the rabbits by color or by size. Discuss how the rabbits were sorted.

Patterning
Have students use the rabbit counters to make a pattern. Work on simple patterns (AB patterns) and then move on to more challenging patterns such as ABB, ABC, and AABB.
What Comes Next? Pass out one rabbit to each student. Form patterns using these rabbits.
Have students line up to form a pattern with their rabbit counters and ask questions such as: “What comes next in the pattern? Can we label the pattern that was made? Can we make a different pattern?” See and Think Pose questions that require higher-level thinking skills and promote algebraic thinking.
 
For example:

There are two ears on one rabbit. How many ears are on three rabbits? There are two eyes on one rabbit. How many eyes are on four rabbits? If each rabbit has four legs, how many legs are on three rabbits? Use the rabbit counters to check your answers. Geometry Where Does It Go?
Have each student reach into the hat and pull out one rabbit to hold. Give commands as to where the rabbit can be placed. Use positional words such as under, on top of, between, next to, etc. Work on left and right commands as well.
 
Match Me
Pull two rabbits out of the hat. Look at the two rabbits and find how the two rabbits are alike. Are they the same color? Are they the same size? Are they a perfect match? Measurement
Measuring Fun (Non-standard Units) Place the hat and the large rabbits at a table along with objects to be “measured” such as a marker, a book, a piece of paper, a pencil, a stapler, etc. Ask students to measure the length of the objects by lining up rabbits next to the objects. How many rabbits long is the pencil? How many rabbits long is the book? Which object is the longest? Estimation Place all the large rabbits in the hat and ask, “How many large rabbits do you think you can pull out of the hat with one hand?” Record 3 estimates and then have one student reach into the hat to see how many large rabbits he or she can pull out. Count and compare the actual amount with the estimated guess. Repeat this activity using only the small rabbit counters. Data Analysis and Probability Graph it Pull ten (or twenty or more) rabbits out of the hat and sort the rabbits by color or by size. Line up the rabbit counters to simulate a graph. Then, make a graph on paper that shows the results.
 
Rabbit Tallies
Show students that you are placing nine orange rabbits and one purple rabbit into the hat. Then ask the students, “When I reach into the hat, what color rabbit do you think is most likely to get pulled out of the hat?” Discuss responses from students, then pull one rabbit out of the hat and make a tally mark for the color. Put the rabbit back in the hat and pull another rabbit out. Continue pulling rabbits and tallying for 10 pulls. Discuss the results. Repeat this activity using different combinations of rabbits. Math-a-Magician Game Start the game with all the rabbit counters in the hat. Players reach into the hat and take out 10 rabbits each. Place the hat back in the center of the playing area and place the spinner next to the hat. The object of this game is to be the first player to put all your rabbits back in the hat. The youngest player goes first. Player 1 spins and then puts one rabbit back in the hat that matches the color on the spinner. Player 2 spins and puts one rabbit back in the hat that matches the color on the spinner. Play continues with players choosing a spinner and putting a rabbit back in the hat. If a player does not have any rabbits that matches the spinner color, find a player with that color rabbit and put it into the hat. The first player to put all the rabbits back in the hat is the winner!

Contents:
 
1 Hat, 18 small rabbit counters in three colors, 18 large rabbit counters in three colors, and spinner

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