# 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

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.