Outdoor Math

Friday, January 24, 2014
Ah! Our first graders are sooo excited about our new math zone! Using grant funds, we found a local paving company to pave number bonds, a ten frame, double ten frame, a number line, and......a 120 chart!
The kids are loving it! They are calling out number bonds and telling their buddies to find the missing number! We know our friends in K and 2nd are going to be just as amazed!
By far, their favorite is the 120 chart. They walk and count, jump and count, run/freeze/say the number, hop by tens, jump and count backward, etc. We can't stop smiling!
We designed this one to be just the right size for paper or dry erase boards. That way, we can decide the numerals for ourselves! 

Due to weather, we have not been able to use them for teaching as much as we (and the kids) would like. We just can't wait for it to warm up so we can take our math lesson outside! 

I think anytime we can combine movement and math, we are doing a great thing for our kids. Taking it outside is kicking it up to an even higher notch! 

I mean, seriously, how cool is this?!?!


  1. Loved seeing this. Autumn's school has some hashed lines for writing with chalk. I wondered about something like this myself. Great!

    1. Thank you! Our kids are loving it!! I am thinking that schools could reach out to paving companies and work out a deal!

  2. This is very nice. I really like the number bonds. How many kids struggle with this-don't answer because they do it at many grade levels. A visual would help some.

    1. I agree! I think the visual and being able to actually physically build the bond will help several students!

  3. Would you mind giving more information regarding how you worked this out with your local paving company? Approached our system maintenance dept with a similar idea, but it was more than they could handle. Thanks so much!

  4. Hello,

    I'm working on an article for Scholastic Teacher magazine. In each issue, Teacher compiles lesson ideas on specific topics to share with teachers. (Readers total about 100,000 K-8 teachers in print and many more online.)

    I'm currently working on ideas for outdoor activities for grades K-1. I came across your outdoor math activity and would love to include this activity. It’s so creative! I'm emailing to ask your permission for me to summarize the lesson and quote from your blog post. I’m on a tight deadline and, as such, would appreciate your response by Friday, March 10.

    Please also send along the following information for me to include:
    Full name (as you'd like to see it published):
    Grade you teach:
    School where you teach and city/state:
    Would you like for me to include your blog’s name (and link to it in the online version of the article)?
    Anything you'd like to add about the activity:
    A photo of the activity w/a photo credit

    I look forward to hearing from you!

  5. I know this post was from several years ago but I would love to have this done with our playground at school and wondered if the paving company needed templates to complete this project?

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