“I never knew math could be that fun” exclaimed Joey.
Who knew that gumdrops could make a decagon?

These were just some of the conversations that we (Shelly and I) heard during Math-A-Palooza during the last week of December.  Again, I am thankful for my friend, Shelly because she thinks math.  Our students had a wonderful time of reviewing and previewing several math strategies.

Practicing place value, the students drew a number out of a bowl and had to build it using graham crackers, pretzel sticks and gum drops.  The students then had to write their number on a dry erase board in word form, standard form and expanded form. Finally they got to each their number.

Using their skittles, both first and fifth graders separated them into color groups and recorded how many they had.  The first graders built their own bar graph and the fifth graders built a circle graph.  They enjoyed this activity and began to have conversations about how the graphs were similar and different.

If you teach intermediate and you don’t have math buddies, I strongly encourage you to try and find a primary class to buddy up with for 2013.

## 6Join the Discussion

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1. I love math and math is for learning, study, and fun! I hope you like math!
GOOD LUCK YOU GUYS!

• Wonderopolis says:

Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm, Kathy! We’re glad that you enjoy math, just like us! HOORAY!

2. I love it thank you so much wonderopolis.

• Wonderopolis says:

We’re glad you enjoyed today’s Wonder, Gina! You ROCK!

3. GUESS WHAT I REMEMBER WHEN I THOUGHT ANTS CANT MOVE ANYTHING AND MY SISTER GRACE FINISHED THE LAST FACT FOR THE ANT SQUAD OH YAH STILL THE SAME GINA THAT WROTE YOU A LETTER THANK YOU FOR SAYING I ROCK THANK YOU SO MUCH WONDEROPOLIS YOU ARE THE BEST THING EVER FOR SCIENCE I LOVE YOU GUYS I WONDER IF I WAS IN WONDEROPOLIS I JUST WISH I CAN SEE YOU I WOULD TOUCH YOU AND SAY THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING FOR ALL THOSE COMENTS YOU GAVE ME AND AT FIRST I THOUGHT YOU WOULD NEVER WRITE TO ME BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T LIKE ME I WAS WRONG THANK YOU WONDEROPOLIS I KNEW YOU GUYS CAN DO IT I WOULD ALWAYS COUNT ON YOU I LOVE YOU GUYS WORLD THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING POSSIBLE.

• Wonderopolis says:

We’re sending you a virtual high five, Gina! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm with us– keep up the WONDERing!