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
Beach Ball PartyCounting
Comparing numbers
Adding
Students play mental-math fact-practice games with a beach ball. They’ll toss the ball and do operations on the numbers they catch, from easy to challenging.
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 BingoAddingStudents make large paper dice, then have fun adding and reasoning to form a winning line.
Rock ’n’ Roll HopsCountingStudents use dice to practice multiples and get their bodies moving!
Rocket to MarsAdding
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 TwistsComposing and decomposing numbers to 20
Counting, cardinality
Students twist colorful wax sticks into spirals, then count and decompose numbers in this tactile exercise.

1st Grade

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Beach Ball PartyCounting
Comparing numbers
Adding
Students play mental-math fact-practice games with a beach ball. They’ll toss the ball and do operations on the numbers they catch, from easy to challenging.
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.
Funny MoneyUnderstanding place value
Decomposing 2-digit numbers
Students use coins to play a guessing game with money.
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 units
Students 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 BingoAdding 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 numbers
Students "fly" from Earth to Mars by adding the number of rockets to the correct sum.
Scruffy’s Snack ShackAdding 2-digit numbers
Regrouping
Students 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 ones
Students twist colorful wax sticks into spirals, then compare, add, and subtract numbers in this tactile exercise.

2nd Grade

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Beach Ball PartyAddition
Subtraction
Students play mental-math fact-practice games with a beach ball. They’ll toss the ball and do operations on the numbers they catch, from easy to challenging.
Funny MoneyIdentifying coin values
Counting sets of coins
Students use coins to play a guessing game with money.
Glow-in-the-Dark GeometryComparing 2-D shapesStudents make geometric shapes using glowsticks, then flick off the lights to compare shapes.
Measure UpComparing lengths
Creating a line plot to show measurement data
Measuring and estimating using standard units
Students use a ruler to measure toys and household items and learn how inches and centimeters compare.
Neon Time TravelerTelling timeStudents tell time using bright glowstick-clocks with roman numerals.
Off the ChartsCreating picture and bar graphs
Solving problems based on picture graph data
Students line up favorite toys to make giant graphs on the floor, using real-life objects to analyze data.
Rock ’n’ Roll BingoUsing addition strategies with up to 3 numbersStudents make large paper dice, then have fun using addition strategies and reasoning to win.
Rock ’n’ Roll HopsSkip countingStudents use dice to practice multiples and get their bodies moving!
Scruffy’s Snack ShackAdding 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.
Snack MatchIdentifying number forms
Comparing 3-digit numbers
Students become immersed in the values behind the digits of numbers by playing 2 card games.

3rd Grade

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Beach Ball PartyAdding
Subtracting
Multiplying
Students play mental-math fact-practice games with a beach ball. They’ll toss the ball and do operations on the numbers they catch, from easy to challenging.
Cowabunga!Composing arrays with equal perimeters to compare areas
Identifying patterns in length-width pairs
Students explore how the same perimeter can enclose different areas, by making “farms” of paper cows and wax-stick fences.
Divide and ConquerDividingStudents play a strategy game with colorful shiny tiles to learn the 2 reasons to divide.
Face-OffAdding and subtracting same-denominator fractions
Comparing and simplifying fractions: fourths and eighths
Students 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 addition
Students 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 fractions
Students use sea creature fraction cards to compare 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5 and 1/6, then play a strategy game to score points for ordering cards correctly!
Glow-in-the-Dark GeometryClassifying 2-D shapesStudents make geometric shapes using glowsticks, then flick off the lights to discover and classify shapes.
Gold RushLocating fractions on a number line
Identifying equivalent fractions
Students play a game stacking shiny bars of "precious metals" to claim fractions on a number line.
Off the ChartsCreating scaled bar graphs
Solving problems based on bar graph data
Students line up favorite toys to make giant scaled bar graphs on the floor, using real-life objects to analyze data.
Pixel-paloozaUsing properties to multiplyStudents create a giant pixelated picture using an array of sticky notes to explore properties of multiplication.
Prime TimeIdentifying patterns
Multiplying
Students learn the basics of prime factoring to create a colorful gameboard, while reinforcing their fluency with multiplication facts.
Rock ’n’ Roll BingoMultiplying with partial productsStudents make large paper dice, then have fun using multiplication, partial products and reasoning to win.
Rock ’n’ Roll HopsSkip countingStudents use dice to practice multiples and get their bodies moving!
Scruffy’s Tic-Tac-SnacksEstimating 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.

4th Grade

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Cowabunga!Composing arrays with equal areas to compare perimeters
Composing arrays with equal perimeters to compare areas
Solving word problems to maximize area and perimeter
Students 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 bring long division to life by playing a strategy game with colorful shiny tiles.
Face-OffConverting fractions to decimals: multiples of 0.1 and 0.05
Comparing and simplifying fractions
Students 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 fractions
Students use fraction cards with a 100-grid of sea creatures to compare values, then play a strategy game to score points for ordering cards correctly!
Fraction FencingComparing fractions on a number lineStudents explore fractions on a number line by "fencing." They roll dice to generate fractions that are greater or less than their opponent.
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 plot
Students use favorite toys to generate real-life data, and construct bar charts and line plots to quantify attributes of the data set.
Rock ’n’ Roll HopsMultiplyingStudents use dice to practice multiples and get their bodies moving!
Scruffy’s Tic-Tac-SnacksEstimating 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

ActivityKey SkillsDescription
Band on TourAdding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimalsStudents form a "band" with their classmates, then calculate ticket revenues and trip expenses to perform all four operations on decimal values.
FractanglesMultiplyingStudents overlap colorful cellophane squares to multiply a fraction by a fraction.
Fraction ActionComparing and ordering fractions
Converting values between fraction, simplified fraction, and decimal formats
Placing numbers of different formats in order of value
Students use fraction cards with a 100-grid of sea creatures to understand fractions and decimals, then play a strategy game to score points for ordering cards correctly!
Glow-in-the-Dark CityMeasuring volume by counting cubes
Applying the formula for calculating volume
Students build and stack glowing cubes to discover how volume works.
Gold RushAdding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominatorsStudents play a game gathering fractions of "precious metals," then add them to see who has the greatest fraction.
Off the ChartsAdding and multiplying fractions
Measuring item lengths to 1/8 inch, and simplifying the resulting fractions
Plotting data against fractions of different denominators
Students 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 land on the treasure
Secret FormulaEvaluating expressions with parentheses, brackets, or bracesStudents gather digits on secret ballots, then create equations to reach a target number.
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