Turkey Family Math Activity

Here is a link for a math activity that incorporates families, turkeys, and art.
Basically each child draws what their family would look like if they were turkeys and then determines the total number of beaks, heads, eyes, and feathers in their family.  There is a free drawing sheet available at the website.

Geoboard App

The Math Learning Center (publisher of Bridges in Mathematics) has a free Geoboard App that can be used on the iPhone and iPad.  There is also a Web App that can be used on computers and with SmartBoards.
The Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.  You can find more information and download the apps here http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/geoboard
There are several YouTube Videos showing how to use the Geoboard App
Overview from The Math Learning Center
Polygons on the Geoboard
Multiplying fractions on the Geoboard
Fraction Relationships on the Geopboard
Geoboard Overview
All of these activities can be done with a regular Geoboard.

Writing Numerals

Here are a collection of resources for teaching students how to write numerals.

A lesson from Illuminations on writing numerals.  http://illuminations.nctm.org/Lesson.aspx?id=1620  This lesson goes beyond writing numerals to matching numerals to the correct quantity.  I’m disappointed in the numeral cards they provide as a model because they don’t match the way we generally teach children to write numerals.  There is a cute song to provide verbal cues for the numeral formation, but the link to the recording isn’t working.

Three YouTube videos with songs about writing numerals –

http://safeshare.tv/w/MfbKjbdmGA

http://safeshare.tv/w/RCKZZIjluO

http://safeshare.tv/w/slXbiMRNGk