There is a new unit in the shop - Exploring Number in Charlotte's Web. It is a collection of games and activities in number for beginner early intermediate mathematicians (approximately grade 2-4) designed to be completed while reading the text Charlotteʼs Web by E.B. White.
You will note that this unit is a lower price than the others currently available at home made math. Usually as I read a text Iʼm overwhelmed with questions that lend themselves to mathematical exploration: how far is that? how long would that take? what is the chance of that? etc. Charlotteʼs Web is full of beautiful ideas about the value of life and friendship, but it doesnʼt lend itself naturally to asking mathematical questions (although I did question the height and angle of the loft swing...). Nevertheless some beautiful quotes and suggestions did lead me towards number exploration and inspired some silly mathematical games.
The set of activities and games are, in general, shorter than the other units and no specific advanced pathway is provided, hence the difference in price. There are still suggestions to adapt it for an advanced learner, as well as all the other useful bits like links to ACARA and any printables etc.
This unit is one for rainy days in doors, as you gather around the kitchen table, or for sunny days laying on the picnic rug, as you enjoy reading aloud together I hope youʼll indulge some mathematical ideas alongside your literature.
Want a little look? The activity below flows out of the text in chapter 6: ʻFine!ʼ said Charlotte, ʻSeven is a lucky number.ʼ
The idea was inspired by this blog post by The Math Maniac, and has been adjusted to use with the text.
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