Minute Math – Everyday for June

Teaching my kids is something I try to do everyday even if they aren’t aware they are learning.  I like to make math something they learn to use in everyday situations.

Here is a calendar of ideas to do with your kids each day during the month of June.  They only take a few minutes and will help keep math fun.  Enjoy!


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Scrabble Addition

Ashlyn liked her making word activity so much that I thought I would give her another one only add a little math into the mix.  This is what you need:

  • Scrabble tiles
  • a list of words
  • calculator (optional)
  • pencil and paper

I gave her a list of 5 words.  We spent the day at the beach yesterday so I used beach themed words.  You can also use spelling words, sight words, seasonal words, etc.  Then I gave her a bucket of the Scrabble tiles.


She had to spell the first word from the list and next to it make a number sentence from the point values on each tile.  She had to add the sentence up and total it.  I let her use a calculator because I hardly ever do and she loves hers.


Once all the words were made and added up, she had to tell me which word was worth the most.  She loved it!

Making Words

Ashlyn really enjoyed this activity.  I put some of our Bananagram letters into a bowl.


She had to close her eyes and choose any 6 she wanted.  Once she had her 6 letters, she had to see if she could make any words from them.  I had her write them down on her white board.


Since this was the first time doing this activity I didn’t want to give her too many directions.  Next time I have her do it, I think I will create a worksheet to go along with it.  That way I can be more specific in what I want her to look for.  Something like this:

1.  Make 3 four letter words  ____________,  ________________,  ________________.

2.  Make two words that end with a silent e  ___________________,   _______________.

3.  Make two words that rhyme with each other __________________,   _____________.

Yummy Patterning!

Monday was a wet, rainy day.  I had planned on taking the girls to the zoo’s splash pad but instead we hung out at home and played together.  I decided to do a patterning activity with M&M’s.  What kid doesn’t love any math activity where eating chocolate is involved.

I gave them each a bowl full of M&M’s and a paper that had eggs on it.  I was using it the following week in my class for my dinosaur theme.  They had to place the M&M’s on the eggs to create a pattern.   Once they created their pattern they had to color the eggs to match their pattern. Here is what they came up with.


Here is Ashlyn’s AAB pattern.


Emily working on her ABBCD pattern.

Their favorite part was of course eating the M&M’s at the end.

More Pond Activities

We finally finished up our habitat books at school on Thursday.  Now I just have to put them all together.  The kids worked so hard on them and they look great.  Our last habitat we talked about was ponds.  Here is a page from our book.


  • The kids painted a small cupcake liner green for the turtles shell.  Then they glued it to the cut out turtle pattern.
  • They ripped green paper to look like cattails and added a small brown pom pom.



We read the book IN the Small, Small Pond and then sang the song 5 Green and Speckled frogs and I borrowed this great prop from my friend.  Thanks Riane!   The kids loved it and played with it throughout the day.




I found this great Frog grid game and the kids asked to play it over and over again.  I printed off two copies and had small frog counters.  Each student took turns rolling the die and adding that many frogs to their lily pads.   The first one to fill up their board won.

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