Grade-by-Grade Content

Every Fun Factor activity is a tangible experience that sparks curiosity and helps students relate to math in real life. Particularly at this unsettled time, our playful activities provide critical emotional connections for students while also providing academic rigor. The activities scaffold to build connections in the brain, and the accompanying teacher guides facilitate differentiated instruction by incorporating standards both below and above grade level.

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Kindergarten

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Epic Air Traffic ControlCounting forward and backwardStudents make glowing number lines and count to fly their planes to the end of the runway.
Glow-in-the-Dark GeometryConstructing 2-D shapesStudents make geometric shapes using glowsticks, then flick off the lights to discover and identify shapes.
Measure UpComparing lengthsStudents compare toys and household items to explore the concepts of "more" or "less".
Off the ChartsSorting and counting objectsStudents line up favorite toys to make giant graphs on the floor, sorting and counting with real-life objects.
Rock ’n’ Roll Bingo / HopsAdding CountingStudents make large paper dice, then have fun adding and reasoning to form a winning line.
Rocket to MarsAdding Counting on Making 10Students "fly" from Earth to Mars by rolling a die, finding the rocket that pairs to make 10, and counting on a gameboard.
Sticky TwistsComposing and decomposing numbers to 20 Counting, cardinalityStudents twist colorful wax sticks into spirals, then count and decompose numbers in this tactile exercise.

1st Grade

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Epic Air Traffic ControlAdding and subtracting on a number lineStudents make glowing number lines and do the math to fly their planes to the end of the runway.
Glow-in-the-Dark GeometryIdentifying attributes of 2-D shapesStudents make geometric shapes using glowsticks, then flick off the lights to discover the attributes of shapes.
Measure UpComparing lengths Measuring with nonstandard unitsStudents discover that toys and household items can become units to measure and compare just about anything.
Off the ChartsComparing data on graphsStudents line up favorite toys to make giant graphs on the floor, connecting data with real-life objects.
Rock ’n’ Roll Bingo / HopsAdding with up to 3 numbersStudents make large paper dice, then have fun adding up to 3 numbers and reasoning to form a winning line.
Rocket to MarsAdding 10 mentally Adding 3 numbers Ordering numbersStudents "fly" from Earth to Mars by adding the number of rockets to the correct sum.
Scruffy’s Snack ShackAdding 2-digit numbers RegroupingStudents gather “snacks” in groups of tens and ones for Scruffy the dog and learn how regrouping works.
Sticky TwistsAdding and subtracting within 20 Comparing amounts Identifying tens and onesStudents twist colorful wax sticks into spirals, then compare, add, and subtract numbers in this tactile exercise.

2nd Grade

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Factor FortsUsing repeated addition and subtractionStudents stack popsicle sticks in polygonal towers to experience equal groups in a very tangible way.
Glow-in-the-Dark GeometryComparing 2-D shapesStudents make geometric shapes using glowsticks, then flick off the lights to compare shapes.
Measure UpComparing lengths Create a line plot to show measurement data. Measuring and estimating using standard unitsStudents use a ruler to measure toys and household items and learn how inches and centimeters compare.
Neon Time TravelTelling timeStudents tell time using bright glowstick-clocks with roman numerals.
Off the ChartsCreating picture and bar graphs Solving problems based on picture graph dataStudents line up favorite toys to make giant graphs on the floor, using real-life objects to analyze data.
Pixel-paloozaAdding by skip counting Identifying odds and evens Using repeated additionStudents use colored squares to make pictures in rectangular arrays, using repeated addition to count the total.
Rock ’n’ Roll Bingo / HopsUsing addition strategies with up to 3 numbersStudents make large paper dice, then have fun using addition strategies and reasoning to win.
Scruffy’s Snack ShackAdding and subtracting 3-digit numbers Understanding place valueStudents gather “snacks” in groups of hundreds, tens and ones for Scruffy the dog and use them to add and subtract with regrouping.

3rd Grade

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Believe It or NotMultiplying single digit numbers by multiples of 10 Subtract within 1,000Students dive into powers of 10 and practice their subtraction skills while learning crazy facts about the United States.
Cowabunga!Composing arrays with equal perimeters to compare areas Identifying patterns in length-width pairsStudents explore how the same perimeter can enclose different areas, by making “farms” of paper cows and wax-stick fences.
Face-OffAdding and subtracting same-denominator fractions Comparing and simplifying fractions: fourths and eighthsStudents bring fractions to life by drawing colorful faces on a grid, cutting the pieces, then swapping pieces to make mixed-up faces.
Factor FortsDividing using repeated subtraction Multiplying using repeated additionStudents stack popsicle sticks in polygonal towers to see how addition, subtraction, multiplication and division all relate in a very tangible way.
Fraction ActionIdentifying simple fractions Understanding equivalent fractionsStudents use sea creature fraction cards to compare 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5 and 1/6, then play two games of luck!
Glow-in-the-Dark GeometryClassifying 2-D shapesStudents make geometric shapes using glowsticks, then flick off the lights to discover and classify shapes.
Off the ChartsCreating scaled bar graphs Solving problems based on bar graph dataStudents line up favorite toys to make giant scaled bar graphs on the floor, using real-life objects to analyze data.
Pirate Treasure HuntCreating scaled bar graphs Solving problems based on bar graph dataStudents line up favorite toys to make giant scaled bar graphs on the floor, using real-life objects to analyze data.
Pixel-paloozaDividing Multiplying using repeated additionStudents create arrays of colored squares to scale up pictures and demonstrate multiplication through art.
Prime TimeIdentifying patterns MultiplyingStudents learn the basics of prime factoring to create a colorful gameboard, while reinforcing their fluency with multiplication facts.
Rock ’n’ Roll Bingo / HopsMultiplying with partial productsStudents make large paper dice, then have fun using multiplication, partial products and reasoning to win.
’Round the WorldRound multi-digit numbers within 1,000Students use place value and rounding to see who can round up the most wild animals!
Scruffy’s Tic-Tac-SnacksEstimating products Multiplying multi-digit numbersStudents explore the mechanics of multiplying 2-digit numbers in order to reward Scruffy, a street performer dog who earns snacks for his stunts.

4th Grade

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Believe It or NotInterpret place value up to 1,000,000 Subtract multi-digit whole numbersStudents dive into powers of 10 and practice their subtraction skills while learning crazy facts about the United States.
Cowabunga!Composing arrays with equal areas to compare perimeters Composing arrays with equal perimeters to compare areas Solving word problems to maximize area and perimeterStudents explore how the same perimeter can enclose different areas, and the same area can have different perimeters, by making “farms” of paper cows and wax-stick fences.
Divide and ConquerUsing long division to divide 1 digit into 2- and 3-digit numbersStudents fill in colorful grids to de-mystify 2-digit long division and solve problems that crack a secret code!
Face-OffConverting fractions to decimals: multiples of 0.1 and 0.05 Comparing and simplifying fractions: tenths and twentiethsStudents bring fractions and decimals to life by drawing colorful faces on a grid, cutting the pieces, then swapping pieces to make mixed-up faces.
Fraction ActionPlacing fractions with differing denominators in order of value Simplifying fractionsStudents use fraction cards with a 100-grid of sea creatures to compare values, then play two games of luck!
Glow-in-the-Dark GeometryMeasuring anglesStudents make dazzling geometric lattices and cubes out of glowsticks to measure with protractors.
Off the ChartsIdentifying the maximum and minimum in a data set Measuring item lengths to 1/8 inch Organizing and analyzing data on a bar chart and line plotStudents use favorite toys to generate real-life data, and construct bar charts and line plots to quantify attributes of the data set.
Pirate Treasure HuntLocating decimals on a number line Plotting points on a decimal coordinate planeStudents plot integer and decimal coordinate points to create game boards, then use these skills to find the treasure!
Prime TimeIdentifying patterns for prime factors Identifying primes and prime factors of composites for numbers 2-50, then 51-100Students create a colorful gameboard using prime factors, reinforcing their understanding of multiples to lay groundwork for long division.
’Round the WorldRound multi-digit whole numbers to any digitStudents use place value and rounding to see who can round up the most wild animals!
Scruffy’s Tic-Tac-SnacksEstimating products Multiplying multi-digit numbersStudents 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

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Divide and ConquerUsing long division to divide numbers up to 4 digitsStudents fill in colorful grids to de-mystify 4-digit long division and solve problems that crack a secret code!
Face-OffComparing and simplifying fractions: twentieths and twenty-fifths Converting fractions to decimals: multiples of 0.1, 0.05 and 0.04 Multiplying fractions by fractions and by whole numbersStudents bring fractions and decimals to life by drawing colorful faces on a grid, cutting the pieces, then swapping pieces to see more complex operations in action.
Fraction ActionComparing and ordering fractions Converting values between fraction, simplified fraction, and decimal formats Placing numbers of different formats in order of valueStudents use fraction cards with a 100-grid of sea creatures to understand fractions and decimals, then play three games of luck!
Off the ChartsAdding and multiplying fractions Measuring item lengths to 1/8 inch, and simplifying the resulting fractions Plotting data against fractions of different denominatorsStudents use favorite toys to generate real-life data, and construct bar charts and line plots to practice operations with fractions.
Pirate Treasure HuntLocating points on a coordinate gridStudents plot four-quadrant coordinate points to create a game board, then use these skills to find the treasure
Prime TimeGenerating and comparing products based on prime factors Identifying primes and prime factors of composites for numbers 2-100Students create a colorful gameboard using prime factors, laying groundwork for long division. They use this "code" to multiply, generating larger products.
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