Classroom Activities

There's nothing like math to lend itself to a hands-on lesson. Math skills can be developed through all kinds of activities – while playing with blocks, drawing shapes, or building a playhouse through trial and error. Use these activities as-is, or as jumping off points for your own lessons. Each activity makes use of everyday materials, so students can practice the same skills at home as in the classroom.

  • Martha's True Stories: How Do You Measure Up?

    Skills:

    • Measurement,
    • Vocabulary

    Students read an interactive, informational text from Martha’s True Stories, and explore different jobs that require measuring and measuring tools.

  • Martha's True Stories: Super Inventions

    Skills:

    • Vocabulary

    Students read an interactive, informational text about how animals have inspired some of our most amazing inventions—from airplanes to swimsuits. They then create their own animal-inspired inventions.

  • Martha's True Stories: Waste Not, Want Not

    Skills:

    • Writing

    In this ELL lesson, students read a story about recycling—what it is, why it’s important, and what happens when you recycle something.

  • Martha’s True Stories: A Tale of Two Soup Cans

    Skills:

    • Vocabulary

    Students read an interactive, informational text from Martha’s True Stories as they learn about recycling and reusing as well as new content vocabulary.

  • Martha’s True Stories: Getting to the Game

    Skills:

    • Vocabulary

    In this lesson, designed for use with English Language Learners, students read an interactive story about different forms of transportation and then play a game to demonstrate how they work.

  • Martha’s True Stories: Operation Ice Cream

    Skills:

    • Vocabulary,
    • Writing

    Students read an interactive, informational text that explores different forms of communication. Then they get in groups to plan a party using a different form of communication for the invitation.

  • Martha’s True Stories: Sunflower Bone Biscuits

    Skills:

    • Vocabulary,
    • Writing

    In this ELL lesson, students read an interactive recipe from Martha’s True Stories and then create their own recipe.

  • Odd Squad: Be the Agent Activities

    Skills:

    • Data Analysis,
    • Deductive Reasoning,
    • Sorting and Classifying

    Use skills such as sorting & classifying and deductive reasoning to help Odd Squad agents Olive and Otto make sense of odd happenings and restore order. Each activity takes about 60 minutes.

  • Peg + Cat: Numbers & Counting

    Skills:

    • Counting,
    • Numbers

    Join Peg, Cat and their barnyard friends, and get practice counting to 10 and by 10s to 100. This educator unit has two activities, related video clips, and online games to extend learning at home.

  • Peg + Cat: Shapes & Their Attributes

    Skills:

    • Shapes

    Peg the Bold and Brave Sir Cat investigate 2D and 3D shapes in the Magic Forest. This unit includes class activities, related video clips, online games, and activities to extend the learning at home.

  • Peg + Cat: Fair Sharing

    Skills:

    • Fair Sharing,
    • Fractions

    Peg and Cat help a band of pirates share treasure fairly, using simple division and fractions. This unit has two class activities, videos, online games, and activities to extend the learning at home.

  • Peg + Cat: 100th Day of School

    Skills:

    • Counting,
    • Estimation,
    • Grouping,
    • Numbers,
    • Shapes

    Peg and Cat group, count, and estimate in a special collection of activities for the 100th Day of School. This unit has two class activities, videos, online games, and activities for learning at home.

  • Build Me a House

    Skills:

    • Measurement,
    • Words

    Students use recycled materials, standard and non-standard measurement to build a house with a Goldilocks theme.

  • Name Towers

    Skills:

    • Counting

    Students count the number of letters in their name, then create towers with unifix cubes and compare with classmates.

  • Obstacle Course

    Skills:

    • Measurement,
    • Shapes,
    • Spatial Sense,
    • Words

    Students explore location words with a classroom obstacle course.

  • Shape Hunt

    Skills:

    • Counting,
    • Data Analysis,
    • Shapes

    Students explore shapes in their environment with a walk through the school and a tally sheet to collect data.

  • Shoe Sorting

    Skills:

    • Counting,
    • Data Analysis,
    • Shapes

    Students sort and grab their own shoes using a chart made from a shower curtain.