Sunday, July 15, 2012

Montessori-Inspired Olympic Math Activities

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now

Montessori-Inspired Olympic Math Activities

The Summer Olympics is a great time to reinforce math skills in interesting and relevant ways during summer vacation. Today, I want to share a few Montessori-inspired Olympic math ideas using some great free printables (and one $0.99 printable) I found online. I really appreciate all the wonderful Olympic printables available online now, including a free 15-page Olympic Fun PDF by Carolyn from Wise Owl Factory at PreK + K Sharing yesterday.

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Olympic Rings Math and Practical Life Activity 

Olympic Rings Math and Practical Life Activity

This activity used the 5 is for 5 Olympic Rings Magnet Page from Making Learning Fun. I love using glass gems. You'll also see them in my Montessori-Inspired Beach Language Activities post here in May. I put the exact number of glass gems for each color in a glass bowl and added a sugar tong from Montessori Services.

Instead of glass gems, you could use playdough balls, pom poms with a strawberry huller, magnetized pom poms or Power Magnets on a metal tray, or dot markers (if you don’t laminate the activity). In addition to emphasizing math and practical life skills, the activity can obviously be used to reinforce color names and sorting as well. 

Olympic Medals Addition Activity 

Add the Medals Math Tray

3 Dinosaurs has another HUGE free pack - Summer Olympics Pack for ages 2-7! The Summer Olympics Pack is even available for free in French! You'll find many, many great activities in the Summer Olympics pack, including number puzzles 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, and 41-50 as well as Count and Clip Cards for numbers through 15.

There are also lots of wonderful printables in the pack that can be made into hands-on activities in other subject areas. Some of those sorts of activities you'll see in my Montessori-Inspired Ocean Math Activities last month as well as in activities I've posted here in previous months.

 2014 UPDATE: 3 Dinosaurs also has free Winter Olympics printables.

Add the Medals Activity

I had a One Fish, Two Fish Addition Tray in February with some presentation tips for addition activities. For this activity, I think it would be great to allow the child to create an addition problem using the medals and numerals. You could use a country's medals for a particular day. 

For example, the child could add the gold medals won for the day to the silver medals to find the total number altogether. Then the child could add that number to the number of bronze medals for the day to find the team's total metals for the day. (Note: You'll also find printables for Count the Medals, Greater Than/Less Than, and Subtract the Medals in the Summer Olympics Pack, so you can easily prepare an activity for the level of your child or students.)

Country Tally of Olympic Medals
 
Our Country's Medals Tally

I adapted the Olympic Medal Chart from Activity Village for this activity. I used the free large size country flags and printable medals from Activity Village. I used an inexpensive wooden tray from a hobby store along with Really Useful Box containers as organizers.

I used the free large number cards from Montessori Print Shop and tally sheet for How many medals has our country received? from Making Learning Fun. You might need up to 3 copies of some of the tens and units for this activity. This works well for recording the medals your country receives throughout the 2012 Olympics.

Country Medal Tally (Numbers from the 2008 Summer Olympics)

For children who are ready for them, the Montessori number cards are wonderful for reinforcing numbers with tens. Here's more information on presenting number cards from Montessori Primary Guide. The number in the photo is the number of medals the United States received in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

I recommend showing your child or students how to tally numbers. You can use craft sticks to create a hands-on tally activity as well. Children who are ready could create their own tally record.

You could add to a laminated tally sheet each day which will serve as a control chart. Write the numerals that correspond to the tally marks on the back as a control of error. (Note: I placed the layout on a small hemmed work rughttp://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=457815&b=402172&m=42762&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Emontessoriservices%2Ecom%2Fsmall%2Dhemmed%2Dwork%2Drugs from Montessori Services. This is a sneak peak of one of the prizes in a Montessori Services giveaway you'll find at Living Montessori Now starting this Thursday!)

Math and Geography Olympic Activity

Olympic Medals Math and Geography Tray

The Olympics are perfect for reinforcing geography activities, too. For this activity, I used the free medium size country flags and the same printable medals from Activity Village. Instead of using the free Montessori number cards, I downloaded the small number cards for only $0.99 from Montessori Print Shop. 

Printing and laminating the free large number cards for this activity would be significantly more expensive, since I printed out 5 copies of the number cards to have the correct number of cards for the numbers I used to represent the 2008 Olympics. I printed and laminated the free Olympic Medal Count and Flag Worksheet from Printables4Kids.

You could write the information with a permanent marker on a laminated page used as a control chart. I didn't write the information out on the example chart in the photo, but I would for a school or homeschool. I used the 2008 Summer Olympics Medal Table from Wikipedia for reference. You could always have that chart available as well as the 2012 Olympics chart that you'd update daily throughout the Olympics (which would be interesting for comparison). I would make available a second laminated worksheet/chart with erasable markers for your child or students.

Olympic Medals Math and Geography Layout (Medal Count from the 2008 Summer Olympics)

If you have an extra table available, this could be an activity that remains set up throughout the Olympics. I added a globe to encourage the study of countries at the same time. You could have the activity set up for your own country or for your country and one other country throughout the Olympics. At the end of the Olympics, you could lay out the activity showing countries receiving the most gold medals.

This layout reflects the results of the 2008 Summer Olympics. I didn't fill in the worksheet, but you could have that complete at the end for your child or students to place the flags in 1-4 position (or however many countries you choose to represent) according to number of gold medals.

Olympic Unit Study Pinterest Board

I also have an Olympic Unit Study Pinterest Board with links to many more awesome free printables and activities of all types.
 
Have fun following the 2012 Summer Olympics! :)
 
Living Montessori Now
Deb Chitwood Deb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in Colorado Springs with her husband of 37 years and their cat of 11 years. She blogs at Living Montessori Now. 

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32 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing - there's a wealth of really great ideas there.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment, pinkoddy! I hope you're having fun preparing for the Olympics! :)

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  2. Thanks for the feature of my Summer Olympics pack!

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    1. My pleasure, Cassie! Your Summer Olympics pack is awesome! :)

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  3. I love these activities. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mud Hut Mama! I hope you're able to use some of them! :)

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  4. This is an impressive collection of wonderful lessons resources, Debbie, and so nice visually. I want to do these! It looks so fun and educational. Thanks for including my link. Carolyn

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    1. Thanks so much, Carolyn ... I had fun putting the activities together! And thanks for sharing your wonderful printables! :)

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  5. Great way to get the kids involved in the games. It would be great to have these games for younger kids when the parents watch the games. Stopping by from The Mommy club. I am a new follower. Hope to see you at True Aim! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Tulip! It's interesting that I ended up raising kids who were figure skaters who competed internationally when we didn't watch the Olympics at all during either of their preschool years. (We didn't watch television.) It's fun to think of all the great activities related to the Olympics that work for preschoolers on up! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you have lots of fun with your Olympic activities! :)

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  7. Great ideas, Deb :) I've been following your Pinterest board. It's been very valuable.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Linda! And thanks for following my Pinterest board ... I've been adding to it daily! :)

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  8. Thanks for putting all these great ideas in one place.

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    1. Thanks, Keitha! I'll have more activities on Friday, the 27th, too! I'll have activities for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies along with co-hosting a Bloggers Go Olympics blog hop at Living Montessori Now! :)

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  9. Thank you for sharing such outstanding ideas. I wanted to celebrate the Olympics in my 3-6 Montessori classroom. You just made my life much easier!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment! Be sure to check out my post at Living Montessori Now on Friday, too! I might even add one on Tuesday as well! :)

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  10. These are such great ideas and your Olympics Pinterest board is just full of awesome ideas too! Thank you for this as we are in the midst of our Olympics unit and looking for new ideas.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharla! As I read the comments, I'm thinking of adding a Montessori-inspired Olympic activities roundup post on Tuesday along with my Opening Ceremonies post and the blog hop on Friday. It'll be a fun Olympic week at Living Montessori Now! :)

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  11. That is awesome! Great math activities.

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  12. These activities look like so much fun, especially with the Olympics. Thanks for the cool ideas. I'm a new follower and am excited to see more of your great ideas. Would love if you followed back at www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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  13. Deb I'm loving all these ideas! I especially like the How many medals activity! Thanks for sharing at The Sunday Showcase this week!

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    1. Thanks so much! I always enjoy the Sunday Showcase ... thanks for co-hosting it! :)

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  14. There are so many WONDERFUL ideas here! Thanks for always having such fun, creative, and thorough posts/ideas! I featured this great idea at TGIF today. Thanks for linking up & have a GREAT day,
    Beth =-)

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment, Beth! And thanks for featuring my post! :)

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  15. fabulous & I can't wait to look through the linky as well. Featuring this as part of my Sunday Showcase Olympic Posts Features this week. :) Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring my post, Bern ... I really appreciate it! :)

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  16. Deb this is a brilliant list of activities and I'm looking forward to trying some with my son. I'll be sharing this on the Weekly Kids' Co-op's Facebook wall next week. Thanks for linking up.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment, Ness! And thanks for sharing my post! :)

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