Exploring Shapes with Spielgaben

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.

Exploring Shapes with Spielgaben

 

Exploring Shapes

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore shapes this month. As we continue on with a very loose 1st grade math plan, I choose concepts I want to expose her to before beginning a more formal math program in 2nd grade.

Math Manual, Part 3, Chapter 1 ~ Play 28: Let’s Make Shapes

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We have obviously worked with shapes before, so this was an extension of what she already knew.  For this lesson she learned the word vertex and we made vocabulary cards to go along to reinforce our new words.

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Her other new word was quadrilateral, and we had fun making quadrilaterals together both with the balls and also the sticks.

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Math Manual, Part 3 Chapter 1 ~ Play 29: I Want to Be a TriangleSpielgaben Math Play 29

 

This was a neat lesson built into a fun game.  We used 3 dice each with 1-6 on them.  We organized the sticks in groups as shown below.

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We took turns rolling the dice and using the corresponding stick to build {or not build} a triangle, learning different things along the way – like the fact that you can’t build a triangle every time!

As we moved along she learned about an isosceles triangle!

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We also learned about an equilateral triangle!

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Exploring Measurement with Spielgaben

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.

 Exploring Measurement with Spielgaben

 

Exploring Measurement

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore measurement this month. As we continue on with a very loose 1st grade math plan, I choose concepts I want to expose her to before beginning a more formal math program in 2nd grade.

Math Manual, Part 4, Chapter 1 ~ Play 48: Ruler for a GiantSpielgaben Math Play 48 Measurement

 

The lesson was to create a ruler using the metric system but we altered it to create a ruler using the U.S. system. I sure wish we used metric, it’s so much easier! But, since we don’t yet, I wanted to be sure she understood the U.S system of measurement as well.

 

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We counted out all of the tiny lines on a ruler and discussed what each meant as we built a ruler together.Spielgaben -3862

We taped it all together when we were done!

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We measured several items together and talked all about the actual ruler while also using our large version

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Math Manual, Part 4 Chapter 1 ~ Play 49: Could You Give Me a Cup of Juice?

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For our next lesson, we focused on capacity, which she loved!  First we created cups!

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Then, she chose what “liquid” to fill each with. She chose grape juice, milk and orange juice!

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We then dumped the cups and lined up the “liquids” to compare.

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This was a really fun lesson, she is still playing with the cups she made!


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Exploring Fractions with Spielgaben

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.

Exploring fractions with Spielgaben

 

Exploring Fractions

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore fractions this month. As we continue on with a very loose 1st grade math plan, I choose concepts I want to expose her to before beginning a more formal math program in 2nd grade.

Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 18: Share a Cake with Friends

Spielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 18 Share a Cake

The first lesson we did was about sharing a cake with friends.  We got out play plates and a knife, and also some fraction toys we own. We had a great time roll-playing in a fun way to simply introduce & review fraction concepts.

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As the lesson went on we changed the number of blocks in the cake as well as the number of friends to share with.  This was a really fun lesson, she loved it!

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Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 19: Cut the CakeSpielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 19 Cut the Cake

For our next lesson, a few days later, we continued to explore with the cake concept.  We took it a little farther than just playing, and used the concept to write some fractions too.

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I drew cakes for her and had her write {or copy} the correct fraction in each piece.

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Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 20: 2D Figure PuzzleSpielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 20 2D Figure Puzzle

For our next lesson, we played a fun game from the Spielgaben manual. I created a die that had different fractions on each side.  We rolled the die and used shapes to create a design to represent the fraction.

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This was REALLY fun, we both enjoyed it a lot!

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Totally unrelated to fractions, but here’s another fun thing I caught her doing with our set this month, an adorable cat creation!  She still builds and creates freely with our set a lot!

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Learning Multiplication with Spielgaben

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.

Multiplication with Spielgaben

Exploring Multiplication

I decided to take this past month and explore multiplication with Ladybug, using the Spielgaben set.  She really enjoyed this and it was great timing, she was a little sponge!  I love exposing skills in a fun way, before they actually need to master the skills.

Math Manual, Chapter 3, Play 14: Making Chocolate Chip Cookies

Using the activity presented in the Spielgaben Math Manual, we worked with 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s {all done on different days}. We followed the same plan for each set and explored together in the same way each time.  We used the rings and small dots to explore, and made a new chart for each set.

2s…

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5s…

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3s…

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For 10s, I taught her to use a big dot to repreent 10.

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This was such a fun and simple way to expose her to the basics of multiplication.


Totally unrelated to multiplication, but isn’t her snowman cute!?!

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Spielgaben 1st Grade Math

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.

 Playful Math with Spielgaben December 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

Spielgaben is a wonderful addition to our 1st grade math curriculum.  For now, I am choosing lessons based on her needs.  She has mastered many 1st grade level skills so I knew she didn’t need a full 1st grade curriculum.  Spielgaben is a great fit for her right now!

Each week I choose lessons or worksheets for her and write them into our lesson plans.  Yes, this takes a bit more time than following a pre-written math curriculum, but I want her working on what she needs and will enjoy. I wouldn’t have been as confident in doing this years ago, but now I am after homeschooling 2 other kids at this grade level!

Worksheet Set 8, Level 3, Activity 1 ~ Happy Birthday

We had fun with this activity although it was easy for her. She had to look at the candles and guess what size stick would match the candle size.

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We expanded the worksheet by bringing out the play board. She enjoyed putting the sticks in size order on the board!

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Worksheet Set 8, Level 3, Activity 2 ~ We Are the Same Length

This worksheet focused on looking at one long stick and deciding how many smaller sticks it would take to equal the long stick.

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Worksheet Set 8, Level 3, Activity 14 ~ Bundle vs. Pieces

We reviewed making bundles of 10 and counting on with this worksheet activity. This was a great review!!

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Worksheet Set 8, Level 1, Activity 15 ~ Rainbow Pencils

Continuing on from the activity shown above, she used this worksheet to match the correct numbers.  Another great review!

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