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Current Bridges Math Unit:

Hundreds Chart:

Your child is using the 100s chart to:
  • Count forward and backward (to 20 for beginning of year and to 100 by end of year)
  • Skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s
  • Count on and back from certain numbers
  • Talk about his/her schema about certain numbers
  • Notice patterns
  • Support concept of place value

*Please download and print this 100s chart for your child to use at home*

How to Support your child in math:
  • Have a positive attitude about your child's mathematical abilities.
  • Do the Bridges Homework pages
  • Think aloud when you use math for your child to hear your strategies and thinking processes.
  • Play games!
  • Use numbers in practical ways that naturally arise.
  • Give hints, not answers!

Do-Anytime Activities:
It is important to note, that like most skills, each child is at a different developmental level & has had different experiences that influence ability. Most of these activities can be adjusted to your child's ability-level by using lower or higher numbers, including less or more steps, changing expectations of communicating &/or recording of data or results. Do what works for your child & make sure to keep challenging his/ her mind by increasing the expectations or difficulty level as your child masters skills.
  • Estimate the steps needed to walk from any two places, then do the actual count. Try to move the same distance with fewer or more steps.
  • Collect money in a piggy jar or other suitable container. Sort the coins from time to time. As children are able, count all the pennies by 1s; nickels by 5s; dimes by 10s. When ready count a mix of coins. Extend to quarters if your child is able.
  • Stack up coins & make exchanges for other coins (5 pennies in a stack, exchange for a nickel).
  • Count concrete items (small snacks, candy) by 2s, 5s, 10s. Practice rote counting by 2s, 5s, 10s.
  • Count backwards for situations when you would need a timer (cooking, finishing a project, transitions).
  • Start at a number & have your child count on from that number. "Start at 12 and count on."
  • Encourage your child to figure out answers to real-life situations. "We have one can of soup, but we need 5. How many more do we have to buy?"
  • Collect different types of rocks, leaves, sticks, buttons, shells, etc.& sort by shape, color, size or other category. Ask your child to describe the classification of each group by attributes. Create a graph to show the data.
  • Record family heights, in centimeters as well as inches, on a door frame. Measure again periodically in the same location throughout the school year. Also look for items around the house that are about the same height as each family member.
  • Help your child plan & prepare a snack or meal that includes common shapes. Decide which shapes will be in your snack & choose or cut food to represent those shapes (cheese slices for squares, orange slices for circles, watermelon slices for triangles). Describe the attributes of each shape by corners & sides."Triangles have 3 corners & 3 sides, circles have no corners & no sides."
  • Collect different kinds & sizes of objects (buttons, milk tops, soda caps, coins, barrettes) & make different patterns using the items. Take turns describing each other patterns in terms of color, shape, size and then by it's general rule (AA, AB, AABB, ABC, etc).
  • Play "Memory", "Go Fish" or "War" with a deck of cards. Some children will be able to play more complicated card games as they become proficient in adding numbers.
  • Make a number matching game using 20 index cards. On 10 of the cards write the numberals 1-10 and then draw (or use stickers) a set of objects for each number on the other ten cards. Mix up the cards & play "Memory".
  • Do the same number matching game for teen numbers (11-19). Represent the quantity with a group of 10 and then some more (for number 13, display 10 stickers in one column for the tens place, and then the remaining 3 stickers in one column for the ones place)
  • Do number story problems using manipulatives. "The dinosaur laid 5 eggs. He then laid 1 more egg the next day. How many eggs did the dinosaur lay all together?" As your child becomes more proficient, do without manipulatives & encourage your child to use a different strategy (quick sketch, fingers, mental math). Story problems can always be adapted to include larger numbers & different operations as your child is ready.
  • Numeral recognition & writing activities: write on each others backs & guess (give hints to shape of numeral if needed); write in shaving cream, pudding or rice on a cookie sheet or place mat; use paint or chalk for writing large numbers; cloud writing (trace numeral in the air); hold up a number & do that many movements.
  • Have your child think about how much cereal (or other basic food) your family eats each week. Is there a way to keep track of the amount? Help your chld plan a way to collect data during the week (tallies, drawing pictures, adding each day to the previous total & writing it down, etc).
  • Have your child measure the length of different objects &/or rooms in your house with a variety of measurement tools & compare results.
  • Look for 2-D & 3-D shapes at your house, in the park, at the mall, in the restaurant, etc.
  • Count pennies from a penny jar/ piggy bank & record number. Then sort into stacks of 5s or 10s or 25s & exchange for nickels, dimes, or quarters (choose 1 way at a time at first...only nickels, etc) and exchange the stacks for the correct coin. Recount to check for accuracy.
  • Play a guessing game to help your child visualize and recognize written numbers by "writing" a number with your fingers on your child's back. Give hints if necessary...two curves, or sister is this's a teen number, it has 1 ten & 4 ones.
  • Make up "more" or "less" stories. Have your child use counters such as pennies or raisins to model the mathematics. (The dinosaur laid 5 eggs in the morning and then 3 more in the afternoon. How many eggs did the dinosaur lay all together)
  • Gather 5-6 of the same type of object (books, boxes, cans) of various sizes. Have your child arrange the objects in some kind of order & explain his/her thinking. Encourage vocabulary words that explain comparison (taller, shorter, narrower, wider, heavier, lighter, etc.
  • Gather several of the same type of items & think of a rule for sorting the objects into two groups. Use the objects again & sort them a different way using a different rule. You sort the objects & have your child explain the rule to you.
  • Have your child practice counting backward when you cook food in the microwave. Let your child set the time & then count down to 0.
  • Have your child pick a number somewhere in between 20-100 & count up or back from that number. Can do this with larger numbers or by 2s, 5s, 10s to make it more challenging.
  • Take a big handful of pennies from your family penny jar. Count out some of the coins & then have your child count on from that number. (Make it more challenging by using nickels, dimes, or quarters...or a combination)
  • Put 10-20 small objects in a paper bag. Have your child reach in & grab a few objects with one hand, and then with the other. Lay both handfuls down beside each other. Ask your child to first count the objects from the left hand, and then add the number of objects from the right hand by counting on. Make it more challenging by adding a larger amount of small objects to the bag.
  • Help your child create a survey question & collect answers to it. Some examples are..."How do kids get to school? What is the most popular flavor ice-cream? What kind of cereal do people like?" Have your child predict how people will answer, then survey family & friends, and report the results.
  • Go on a geometric scavenger hunt. Take pictures of indoor/outdoor objects of various shapes. Once developed, sort the pictures into different categories & create a shapes photo album.
  • Have your child help you sort the laundry into lights, darks & whites. After clothes are washed & dried, have your child sort the clothes into different piles of his/her choice (shirts, shorts, socks, color, mom's clothes, dad's clothes, child's clothes, etc).

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