Grade-by-Grade Content

Every Fun Factor activity involves hands-on creation and manipulation of numbers, generating colorful visuals that spark curiosity, engagement and relevance to real life. Particularly at this unsettled time, our activities provide a critical emotional connection for students as well as an academic one. The activities scaffold to build connections in the brain, and the teacher guide facilitates easy differentiated instruction by incorporating standards both below and above grade level.

Kindergarten

Activity
Key Skills
Description
Epic Air Traffic Control
Adding and subtracting on a number line
Counting on
Students make glowing number lines and do the math to fly their planes to the end of the runway.
Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry
Constructing 2-D shapes
Students make geometric shapes using glowsticks, then flick off the lights to discover and compare shapes.
Measure Up!
Comparing lengths
Measuring with nonstandard units
Students discover that toys and household items can become units to measure and compare just about anything.
Off the Charts
Organizing and comparing data
Students line up favorite toys to make giant bar graphs on the floor, connecting data with real-life objects.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo
Adding
Counting
Students make large paper dice, then have fun using addition strategies and reasoning.
Rocket to Mars
Adding
Counting on
Making 10
Students "fly" from Earth to Mars by rolling a die, finding the rocket that pairs to make 10, and counting on a gameboard.
Sticky Twists
Comparing amounts
Composing and decomposing numbers
Counting, cardinality
Students twist colorful wax sticks into spirals, then count and decompose numbers in this tactile exercise.

1st Grade

Activity
Key Skills
Description
Epic Air Traffic Control
Adding and subtracting on a number line
Students make glowing number lines and do the math to fly their planes to the end of the runway.
Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry
Constructing 2-D shapes
Students make geometric shapes using glowsticks, then flick off the lights to discover and compare shapes.
Measure Up!
Comparing lengths
Measuring with nonstandard units
Students discover that toys and household items can become units to measure and compare just about anything.
Off the Charts
Organizing and comparing data
Students line up favorite toys to make giant bar graphs on the floor, connecting data with real-life objects.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo
Adding with up to 3 numbers
Students make large paper dice, then have fun using addition strategies and reasoning.
Rocket to Mars
Adding 10 mentally
Adding 3 numbers
Ordering numbers
Students "fly" from Earth to Mars by adding the number of rockets to the correct sum.
Scruffy’s Snack Shack
Adding 2-digit numbers
Regrouping
Students gather “snacks” in groups of tens and ones for Scruffy the dog and learn how regrouping works.
Sticky Twists
Comparing amounts
Composing and decomposing numbers
Students twist colorful wax sticks into spirals, then decompose and compare numbers in this tactile exercise.

2nd Grade

Activity
Key Skills
Description
Factor Forts
Using repeated addition and subtraction
Students stack popsicle sticks in polygonal towers to see how addition, subtraction, multiplication and division all relate in a very tangible way.
Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry
Constructing and comparing 2-D shapes
Students make geometric shapes using glowsticks, then flick off the lights to discover and compare shapes.
Measure Up!
Comparing lengths
Measuring and estimating using standard units
Students discover that toys and household items can become units to measure and compare just about anything.
Neon Time Traveler
Telling time
Students tell time using bright glowstick-clocks with roman numerals.
Off the Charts
Organizing and comparing data
Students line up favorite toys to make giant bar graphs on the floor, connecting data with real-life objects.
Pixel-palooza
Adding by skip counting
Identifying odds and evens
Using repeated addition
Students use colored squares to make pictures in rectangular arrays, using repeated addition to count the total.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo
Adding 3 numbers
Students make large paper dice, then have fun using addition strategies and reasoning.
Scruffy’s Snack Shack
Adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers
Understanding place value
Students gather “snacks” in groups of hundreds, tens and ones for Scruffy the dog and use them to add and subtract with regrouping.

3rd Grade

Activity
Key Skills
Description
Cowabunga
Composing arrays to determine area and perimeter
Students explore area and perimeter by making hands-on “farms” using paper cows and wax-stick fences.
Face-Off
Identifying and simplifying fractions
Students make fractions come to life by drawing colorful faces on a grid, cutting the pieces, then swapping pieces to make mixed-up faces.
Factor Forts
Multiplying using repeated addition
Dividing using repeated subtraction
Students stack popsicle sticks in polygonal towers to see how addition, subtraction, multiplication and division all relate in a very tangible way.
Fraction Action
Comparing and ordering fractions
Students order fractions from smallest to biggest, and see how luck affects the line-up.
Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry
Constructing and classifying 2-D shapes
Students make geometric shapes using glowsticks, then flick off the lights to discover and compare the attributes of shapes.
Off the Charts
Organizing and comparing data
Students line up favorite toys to make giant bar graphs on the floor, connecting data with real-life objects.
Pirate Treasure Hunt
Locating fractions on a number line
Plotting points on fractional grids
Students plot coordinate points to create a game board, then use these skills to find the treasure!
Pixel-palooza
Multiplying using repeated addition
Dividing
Students create arrays of colored squares to scale up pictures and demonstrate multiplication through art.
Prime Time
Identifying patterns
Multiplying
Students create a colorful chart based on evens, odds, and multiples of 3 and 4, creating intriguing patterns and building number fluency.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo
Multiplying with partial products
Students make large paper dice, then have fun using multiplication, partial products and reasoning to win.

4th Grade

Activity
Key Skills
Description
Divide and Conquer
Dividing
Students fill in colorful grids to de-mystify the steps of long division and solve problems that crack a secret code!
Face-Off
Converting fractions to decimals
Identifying, comparing and simplifying fractions
Students make fractions and decimals come to life by drawing colorful faces on a grid, cutting the pieces, then swapping pieces to make mixed-up faces.
Fraction Action
Comparing and ordering fractions
Students order fractions from smallest to biggest, and see how luck affects the line-up.
Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry
Constructing 2-D shapes
Measuring angles
Students make dazzling geometric lattices and cubes out of glowsticks to measure with protractors.
Off the Charts
Organizing and analyzing data on a line plot
Students line up favorite toys to generate real-life data and create line plots.
Pirate Treasure Hunt
Locating decimals on a number line
Plotting points on decimal grids
Students plot coordinate points to create a game board, then use these skills to find the treasure!
Prime Time
Identifying primes and composites
Students create a colorful chart using prime factors, reinforcing their understanding of multiples to lay groundwork for long division.
Scruffy’s Snack Shack
Estimating products
Multiplying multi-digit numbers
Students explore the mechanics of multiplying 2-digit numbers in order to reward Scruffy, a street performer dog who earns snacks for his stunts.

5th Grade

Activity
Key Skills
Description
Divide and Conquer
Dividing
Students fill in colorful grids to de-mystify the steps of long division and solve problems that crack a secret code!
Face-Off
Comparing and simplifying fractions
Converting fractions to decimals
Identifying fractions
Students make fractions and decimals come to life by drawing colorful faces on a grid, cutting the pieces, then swapping pieces to make mixed-up faces.
Fraction Action
Comparing and ordering fractions
Students order fractions from smallest to biggest, and see how luck affects the line-up.
Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry
Calculating volume
Constructing 3-D shapes
Students make cubes out of glowsticks to calculate volume.
Off the Charts
Organizing and analyzing data on a line plot
Students line up favorite toys to generate real-life data and create line plots.
Pirate Treasure Hunt
Locating points on a coordinate grid
Students plot coordinate points to create a game board, then use these skills to find the treasure!
Prime Time
Identifying primes and composites
Students create a colorful chart using prime factors, reinforcing their understanding of multiples to lay groundwork for long division.