Planning Wild Math
I get a lot of questions on how to plan out your year using wild math and what a day might look like. Here is a great example of one way to plan out your week or your year!
Yearlong planning using Wild Math
For yearlong planning, I like to think in terms of months. Basically, I look over the curriculum and lump units by what looks like it would take a month.
Here are the units for Wild Math 4th Grade and how you might organize the units.
Addition and Subtraction multi digit review
Basic multiplication review
Data and Probability
Patterns and Algebra
June- Extra time- things come up! People are sick, really busy, trips, long division takes way longer for your child to master than you thought it would! By building in this extra time, you don’t have to panic when things take longer during the year! Did you stay on track? Awesome! Use the extra time to review some concepts and then move to the next level.
Planning out your weeks and days
Look through the skills in the chapter you are working on. Choose a few activities that you will work on. I suggest 1-2 activities per day and a little review or a math game. For each day you will be doing math that week choose 1 or 2 activities.
Activity 1: Adding and subtracting fractions with mud pies
Activity 2: Make up a fraction word problem for mom to solve
Review: simple math fact review in notebook
Activity: Cut apples in fractional parts for snack.
Activity: Practice adding and subtracting fractions with fraction sticks.
Review: Board game- Prime Climb
What Math looks like at our house with a 4th grader and a Kindergartener!
Let’s say we are in the fraction unit with my 9yo and I am working on addition with my 6yo. We go out to the sandbox and I will ask my 9yo some fraction questions using our mud pie pans. We cut the pieces and model adding and subtracting fractions with and without common denominators. When adding 3/4 and 1/8, we physically cut the pie with ¾ into 6/8 to “make our pieces all the same size”.
He has a math journal where we record these problems using pictures and numbers. I have my son make up a word problem, using fractions, for me to solve. In addition, my oldest needs to review things frequently so, I may also write a couple multi digit multiplication or long division problems in his journal for him to solve.
While I am waiting for my 9yo to make up his word problem and complete his review, I use the “toppings” on our mud pies to practice some simple addition problems with my youngest. We practice writing the equations with our number rocks. Number rocks are just small rocks that I used a paint pen to write numbers on.
When I am finished with my 6yo, I check in with my 9yo. I model solving his word problem by talking out loud and “showing my work” while solving the problem. Then I check his review problems.
...and that is basically it!
Many people also choose to us Wild Math as a supplement to their current math program. This is an excellent way to do integrate some outdoor learning into your week! Try designating one day as an outdoor learning day or just pick one lesson to do outside each week. It is perfectly fine to ease into outdoor learning. Give yourself a break mama, You arer doing an awesome job!
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Let me know if you have any questions!