Friday, December 7, 2012

Life of Fred; Apples, Chapter 3 Math Lesson

We started off by doing some clock work.
We set our clocks to a little after 6 o'clock, which for us was 6:05 AM.
Next we set our clocks to 8 o'clock.
Then we calculated the elapsed time between 6:05 AM and 8:00AM.
I whipped up some "worksheets" in Life of Fred style to accompany our lesson.
They had to come up with the equation to use to solve the problem.
We used our calculators to solve the equations.
We learned about ordering by alphabetizing our library books.
We learned about the MONTHS OF THE YEAR and about LEAP YEARS.
This "worksheet" helped us practice those skills and gain a deeper understanding.
And also used it for copy work.
Since Chapter 3 covers the month of February and it being National Chocolate Lover's Month we did the Hershey's Chocolate Bar Fractions activity in Fred fashion.
After we did the work pages we used REAL chocolate bars.  Dad bought the XL bars so our fractions work pages don't match the chocolate bars we had, so we did the work pages and the activity separate.  If you buy the normal size Hershey's Bars then you can do them together.
First we split the bars in half, or two equal parts.
Next we split the bar into fourths, or four equal parts.
Then we split the bar into eighths, or eight equal parts.
Last we split the bar into sixteenths, or sixteen equal parts.
We recorded our steps and what we learned in our math journals.  If you have the normal size chocolate bar you can just follow along with the work pages and record your steps there.

What do you think the drawing looks like?  A snake, worm or spaghetti.  Record all your families responses and graph them on this work page.
Print out these FREE Pattern Blocks to make a Geometric Snowflake.
After you get all your shapes cut out make your design. 
The rule is to make your design symmetrical.
This is what Little Guy thought up.
Here is Mama Bear's.
Great job Big Man!
I had my older three count how many of each shape they used.
I gave each child 7 pieces of chocolate to create their own math equations.
They then wrote down all the equations they made in their math journals.

Here are some more fun ideas that we either didn't get done or didn't get pictures of:
  • More clock work: Set your clock to almost 7 o'clock.
  • Why is it important to know the weather?
  • What is the weather like in February in Kansas?
  • What is the weather like in February where you live?
  • How much time does it take to put on boots, pants, mittens, scarf, coat, ear muffs, and a hat?
    • Time yourself putting all these items on.
    • Race against your siblings or Mom and see who was the fastest.
    • When you have gotten everyone's time calculate the time difference of each time.
  • Get a refresher on the days of the week copy work we did in Chapter 2.

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