This week in math, we read aloud a book called, The Button Box. Like the character in the story, our mathematicians sorted a variety of buttons according to the type, size, color, shape, number of holes, and more. We learned that mathematicians notice different attributes of objects and sort them by properties. Try sorting any collection of objects at home this weekend and see what your child comes up with.
In addition to sorting, we also learned a bit about graphing. We first came up with a question, "What is your favorite food?" and selected 6 different popular choices: fish, pancakes, noodle, pies, rice, and pizza. Next, we surveyed the class and kept a tally mark of each of the food picked. We then graphed the result on a piece of chart paper with labeled axises. Finally, we studied the graph and made some observations.
"Fish and noodle are the same!"
"Fish and noodle have the most."
"Rice and pies have the least."
"There is 1 more in pizza than pancakes."