Because there is never enough time to do professional development with your staff, the “Common Core Math” for Lower Elementary Grades Spark Deck provides 52 fun ideas to build staff skills in implementing activities aligned to the Common Core standards, while staff are on-the-job.
Designed to be used in afterschool and summer programs, the activities are appropriate for grades K-8. Hand a card out at the beginning of program time, and ask your staff to implement one of these fun learning activities that build math skills!
Some examples from this deck:
- Form youth into teams of four people and assign each team a number. Using their bodies, have teams lay on the ground to form the shape of their given number. Take a picture and display the body-numbers.
- Bring in dominoes and give one to each member of your group. Ask them to add up the dots. Who has the most dots? Now pass out another domino to each person. Who has the most dots now? Continue until you are out of dominoes. The winner can give out dominos in the next round.
- Create a counting Scavenger Hunt: Write up a list of items in the room (e.g. pencils, chairs, erasers). Now ask youth to count how many of each object they can find. Who can find the most of each item?
At the end of program time, check-in with your staff to see if they were able to try out the activity. If they tried it, how did it go? What did they learn? What did their group learn? If it didn’t work today, try it again tomorrow. What could they change to make it work better?