Take Math Outdoors This Summer

I thought I would share with you some great advice for parents, grandparents, and families that I got from my boys’ school to help keep kids learning this Summer without realizing they are working on schoolwork.

Number

  • Count collections of objects found in nature or on a scavenger hunt
  • Calculate rates and speed during running, biking, and obstacle races
  • Estimate the heights and lengths of natural and manmade objects outside

Algebra

  • Find examples of growing and shrinking patterns in nature
  • Code your friend, where one person is the coder, while the other is the robot, and the coder must instruct the robot on how to navigate a path or do a dance around the yard

Spatial

  • Use a park map to plan a route and travel to a new location
  • Go on a shape hunt and find shapes in the natural environment
  • Examine leaves and other objects to find symmetry
  • Estimate and determine elapsed time of road trips and adventures

Data

  • Keep a tally of the different types of birds that come to the feeder or other animals that come into the yard
  • Track and graph daily temperatures or precipitation over time
  • Track the growth of plants in a vegetable garden and examine how they change over time

Financial literacy

  • Determine a budget and calculate the costs to refresh a garden
  • Set up a lemonade stand and determine costs and sales goals

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