This resource is a collection of multimedia activities based on a particular theme and targeted math skills. Each activity guide includes digital content as well as related literacy connections and hands-on activities that allow children to practice and learn math skills to successfully complete a new adventure. Activities run 10-30 minutes to allow for flexible scheduling.
A unique feature to this resource is the "multi-show" approach to engaging kids with the content. Rather than focus on a particular PBS KIDS show or character, these guides use math skills to connect kids to multiple shows, characters and adventures in order to deepen their understanding of the math content.
Use this handy alignment chart to find theme-based activities in this resource collection that are aligned to national math standards. Math Standards Alignment Chart
- Multi-media content for two age groups, 4-5 year olds and 6-8 year olds
- Quick reference materials and media lists
- More About Math background for Leaders
- Parent Letters to send home with each child to encourage parent participation and to extend the learning at home.
Ages: 4 - 5
Children explore patterns and recognize the core unit by singing patterns, dancing patterns, building patterns, tasting patterns, and creating their own patterns.
Operation: All About Us
It’s time to stand in the spotlight! Children will practice counting skills as well as data collection and analysis while they gather information about their favorite subject—themselves!
Operation: Animal Assistants
The animals need help! Children will practice their spatial reasoning skills by using position, location, and direction vocabulary to guide the animals out of trouble.
Operation: Animal Measurement
Join a host of animal friends to explore measurement concepts such as size correspondence, visual estimation, and measuring with nonstandard units.
Operation: Brown Bag
Practice number and counting skills while exploring the five food groups and healthy eating.
Operation: Measuring How Much
Children explore volume, capacity, and weight and learn new vocabulary as they practice measurement with real and virtual measuring tools.
Operation: Numbers 1-10
Children will learn and practice number recognition and counting, comparing quantities and simple addition with numbers one through ten.
Operation: Pirate Picnic
Explore fair sharing and problem solving with Peg + Cat and help a group of cranky pirates divide things fairly.
Operation: Rainbow Math
These colorful activities touch on counting, addition, and subtraction in a way that makes math fun and relatable to young children.
Operation: Shape Hunt
Children practice identifying, naming, sorting and matching a variety of two-dimensional (flat) shapes and composing complex shapes from simple shapes.
Ages: 6 - 8
Operation: Adding Up and Taking Away
Children embark on several escapades as they use counters and rulers, mental math, and other strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems.
Operation: Appetite for Fractions
Children investigate fractions as a way to create and share real and virtual snacks as well as build a bird feeder to feed local birds.
Operation: Data Saves the Day
Data comes to the rescue! Children will collect, sort, and graph data to help PBS KIDS characters dodge a series of catastrophes.
Operation: Dog House Design
Practice measuring length, width and height using both standard and non-standard units of measure.
Operation: Lights, Camera, Action
Encourage children to explore math concepts and skills related to telling time and counting money.
Operation: Lost and Found
Children build their spatial sense by describing position, location, and direction; reading maps; and visualizing how to rotate and flip objects to fit together.
Operation: Martha’s STEM Stories
Children practice skills for measuring three attributes: length, height and temperature.
Operation: Mystery Café
Strange things are happening at the Mystery Café! Children solve a series of mysteries and puzzles using deductive reasoning and measurement skills.
Operation: Number Power
Children will save the day as they use grouping power, skip counting power, zero power, and place value power to solve a variety of math problems.
Operation: Shape It Up
Practice geometry skills and learn about 2D (flat), 3D (solid), and composite shapes to read a secret message!