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Big Math Ideas in Second Grade

Classroom activities

  • Second grade students read the story Who's the Big Bad Wolf?
  • They explored the math in the story (using linking cubes)
  • They practiced telling stories they could share at home about the math experience
  • They drew pictures and wrote to descibe what they learned
  • Their writing was compiled to create three songs
    • Chocolate Bar
    • Chocolate Bar v.2
    • Some Odd Numbers
  • Their seventh grade math buddies then came to their class and:
    • The second graders read them the story
    • They explained the math they learned
    • Then they sang their two songs
  • The seventh graders then went to their class and used concrete materials to model and then to write algebraic expresions for the sums of the first N odd, even and Natural numbers.
  • Then the seventh graders wrote and sang a song to the second graders
    • Numbers
  • They shared their song publicly though the Math Performance Festival.