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Once a month, our 3rd-6th graders participate in a math lab. We plan hands on activities that our 7th grade students oversee. The students rotate 7 or 8 stations. We want to use the olympics theme for February. Anyone have any great olympic themed hands-on math activities we could use?


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Here's a previous post that has some olympic math ideas you may want to use.

http://www.proteacher.net/cgi-bin/as...math+&number=0


I'm very interested in your math lab. Could you give me some details?? What type of hands on activities do you use? Do you use a different theme each month? Is it a review of previously taught lessons? Are they set up one station for 3rd, one for 4th, etc or is each station for mixed abilities?

I think this is something my school may want to do, so sorry for all the questions.
Thanks for any help.
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There is an AIMS activity called Metric Olympics. The events are geared more towards the summer olympics than the winter olympics.

http://cmase.uark.edu/teacher/worksh...ni-metrics.pdf

There is also a great site that talks about the science behind the olympics. There are short clips for each event.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/science-of-the-games/
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We started it last year as a fun activity to do during testing. For that one, we did a bunch of measuring & geometry exercises. They build polygons with spaghetti & marshmallows. They measured circumference of cake circles with yarn, they found the perimeter & area of the cafeteria. It was such a success, we decided to do it monthly this year.

Our first one was all operations. Many of the activities came from Mailbox. We have groups of 3rd -4th, and then 5th-6th to keep the math on level for them. At that point, 3rd was not yet doing multiplication, so those stations did addition/subtraction instead. In November it was "the price is right" and all the activities dealt with money. They shopped magazines with a budget, ordered grocery items least to greatest, tallied Scholastic orders, shopped for items in a recipe...In December we did a cooking lab. They made cinnamon-glue ornaments, bags of hot cocoa, and a shortcake (using the book & recipe from Cook-a-doodle-doo). For the older kids, they had to use equivalent fractions becuase I wouldn't give them the "right" measuring cups.
Today was a cruise theme, not all math, and we were all decked out in floral shirts & sunglasses. They had to weigh food at the buffet table- they could only get 10 oz of food (we had the kids bring in tropical fruits). They made island landforms with playdough, decorated & addressed postcards....

We are blessed in that we have a group of older students to man the stations. Once everything is set up, the teachers can just stand back and watch.
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Wow! The math lab sounds like so much fun. How do you fund it? I know that would be the biggest thing at our school, but I could see doing it with just the sixth graders. Thanks for sharing all your neat ideas.


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I'm in a private school...there is no budget nor are there any funds for anything. We just ask parents to send in things, and they magically appear.
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