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  • Rachel Tidd

Grades 2-3 Updated and Expanded!

Updated and Expanded to include more activities, picture book recommendations and tabletop games that reinforce main topics! It is now 58 pages long! This is everything you need to teach math outside! This curriculum guide covers ALL the math topics typically taught in grades 2 AND 3! Many skills taught in these grades overlap. The math skills build upon each other and suggested grade levels are indicated next to each skill. For each skill, there are numerous ideas of how to learn and practice them outside!  Learning outdoors has been proven to increase engagement when learning math. It also is hands-on and relates to real life in a way a textbook cannot. Teach your child in a classroom without walls!

This guide is packed with ideas and color photos of how to use what is naturally abundant in your area to learn math! Use pinecones, rocks or seashells to make multiplication arrays! Make mudpies, mudcakes, and mudbrownies to practice fractions. Draw quadrilaterals in the snow or sand! Use bundles of sticks to learn place value!  No need for expensive manipulatives to learn math! Suggested materials to make, gather and a few basic supply recommendations are listed.   Many of the activities also connect directly with science topics effectively learning two subjects at the same time!  

Math Topic Areas Covered: Math Topics  Counting and Place Value  Count within 1000 (second grade)  Skip-count by 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, and 100s. (second grade)  Place value up to the 1000s (second grade)  Read and write numbers to 1000 in numerals, number names, and expanded form (100+20+3). (second grade)  Compare three-digit numbers using >, =, and < symbols (second grade)  Round numbers to the nearest 10, 100.  Addition and subtraction  Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies (2nd grade)  Addition and subtraction up to 1000 including up to four 2 digit numbers and word problems (2nd grade, review in 3rd grade)  Use drawings or groups of objects to model problems.  Multiplication  Grade 2  Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication  Grade 3  Continue work with multiplication and gaining fluency with facts 1-10  Division (third grade)  Fractions  Divide circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths.  Grade 3  Recognize numerator and denominator  Comparing fractions with same numerator or same denominator  Recognize fractions greater than 1  Understand a fraction as a number on the number line  Equivalent fractions  Measurement  Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes (2nd grade)  Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements (2nd grade)  Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters (2nd grade) Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another (3rd grade)  Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems (3rd grade)  Volume (third grade)  Units of volume  Estimate volume (third grade)  Volume word problems (third grade)  Mass (third grade)  Units of mass  Estimate Mass  Mass word problems (third grade)  Graphs and Data  1. Create picture, bar graphs, and line plots (with single-unit scale) (both grades)  2.  Solve simple put together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a graph. (third grade)  Time and Money  Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes (2nd grade) or minute (3rd grade), using a.m. and p.m.  Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately (both grades)  Geometry  Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. (second grade)  For more fun puzzle ideas see the page Matchstick Puzzles in the resources section!  Recognize and Identify 3D shapes  Right angles (third grade)  Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and squares. (second grade)  Types of quadrilaterals- rectangles, rhombus, square (third grade)  Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.  (second grade)  Circles (Advanced third)  Perimeter (third grade)  Counting squares method  Finding missing lengths  Area (third grade)  Counting squares  Multiplying to find the area  Decomposing shapes to find the area  Comparing Area and Perimeter    Have Questions? I am happy to answer! Use the contact form to email me!

Kindergarten and First Grade are also available in the shop!