Published at Friday, 27 November 2020. Worksheets. By Natalie Levy.
How can you use your love of hunting to encourage your youngsters to want to read? One way might be to set up a hunting camera in places where deer are likely to travel. As you and your child check your photos, identify the type of deer your images show. Depending on your location, you will see different types. The most common and widespread species in North America is the whitetail. In western United States, northern Mexico and western Canada, you will see mule deer. They are the most common deer in the Western National Parks. Elk or wapiti is the second largest species of deer in the United States, weighing up to about 1300 pounds. Moose are the largest deer in the world and can weigh up to 1800 pounds. Caribou or reindeer are arctic and sub-arctic deer. As kids begin to sort through their photos, they will want to know how many other types there are and may begin to research on the internet-reading for a purpose that meets their needs. When they discover types they are unaccustomed to, and where their habitat lies, they can contact students in another part of the country and, through email, exchange photos and descriptions of the images they have captured. Peers who share their interests provide an outlet for sharing photos, facts and ideas that might even lead to a chosen career field.
Math is a subject that many kids have trouble with as they progress through school. It is essential that math basic skills be mastered early on, as these skills build the foundation for understanding harder concepts introduced in higher grades. First grade math contains quite a few important skills, and using online games may be able to give students the help they need in order to become fluent in working with numbers. In kindergarten, kids learn simple math skills like number recognition and counting. They are able to begin to recognize that higher numbers are bigger numbers and can understand concepts like counting by twos and tens. Using online games with these children when they reach first grade can help them transition between beginning math skills and more complex numerical concepts. Providing a wide variety of different games in an entertaining online environment gets kids excited about tackling new ideas and puts math in a positive context. Once the foundation has been laid for basic comprehension and computational skills, children can use these games to progress even further.
Play a magnetic fish game with cardboard fish with a paper-clip and a piece of dowel and string with a magnet on the end as a fishing rod. Count the fish in the pond. When one gets caught subtraction how many are left? Division can be as simple as a sharing exercise. "There are 4 people here and I have 8 counters. Let us see how many we will get each". Use play dough or counters or blocks to make groups of items. Talk about what happens when you put groups together (multiplication). Make the terminology you use simple. This age group need simple language instead of mathematical terms. These activities are laying the foundations for further learning.
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