With Veteran's Day coming up on Friday, I thought it might be fun to pull out some of the Man of the House's old army men (yes he still has them), to use as math manipulatives for the younger children(ages 5-8).
To begin with we needed to count them to see how many we had. D (age 8) decided the fastest way would be to count by fives. It turns out we have 61 men of different sizes, and colors...
...perfect for the little ones to sort and arrange into patterns...
...and Venn diagrams. The subtle shades didn't show up in the pictures so well, so you'll have to take my word for it that we were comparing dark green to light green soldiers, with soldiers of both shades, who were not standing, in the middle.
Finally, I started working on division with D.
We had 61 men, so if we removed one injured fellow to the hospital, that would leave us with 60 men. Setting up 5 men as generals, how many soldiers could each general command, if all the men were divided equally among the five generals?
What if there were only 59 men? How many men would be left over after all the troops had been divided equally among the generals?
Anyway, I'm sure you get the idea.
It's great to be a homeschooler.