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Math Fireworks

Workshop Activities

1. Craft - Tessellations

2. Key Points – Show Me the Math! - Various careers and the math they use

3. Collaborative – Math Show – playing with the numbers!

4. Writing – It's Greek to Me! – Greek and Latin words for our numbers

5. Math/Logic – Math Races – Timed tests

6. Genius Principle – Mirror – Exercise to be relaxed and ready for more math!

7. Big Activity – Math Can Be Fun! – Five math games

8. Movement – Bouncing Sums – Having a ball with math addition game

Minecraft Class

  • Doubling a recipe

  • Measuring point, line, plane, area, and volume

  • Make 10 activity with Cuisenaire rods

  • Build Challenge: Make a visual representation of your favorite number

Upcoming Activities

  • Call to Adventure – Livestream every Tuesday morning at 6:45 AM on Celebration Education Families Facebook page:

  • Field Trips

  • Body Worlds exhibit and IMAX movie at California Science Center 1/17

  • Upcoming workshops in Santa Ana

  • How to use real books to teach reading skills – without textbooks and worksheets!

  • Italian Holiday Celebration in Corona 12/18



Read through the fireworks and choose five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • Leonardo loved chess. He was probably the illustrator for Luca Pacioli's chess book. On a tiled floor, stand on opposite corners of the room from your friend. You and your friend will each take turns moving across the floor as a chess knight. The objective is to be the first to get to the other person's place on the floor.

  • Use dice to draw rectangles. Roll a die. The number indicates how many line segments on the graph paper to draw one side of your rectangle. Roll the die again. This number indicates the number of squares for a second side of your rectangle. Complete your rectangle by drawing the remaining two sides. How many squares are in your rectangle? Repeat this process several times.

  • Do some online timed tests:

  • Starting from zero, figure out and write down the Fibonacci Sequence.

  • All of Leonardo’s investigations regarding natural phenomena were carried out with a firm belief in the mathematical principles underlying all forms. One might even say that he “thought” in terms of proportions – sound, light, the shapes and dimensions of all living things, all were believed to be governed by “omnipresent measure” or divine proportion. Go on a natural math hunt. What mathematical principals and shapes can you find in nature? Write about it in your journal.

  • Drop an orange, an egg, and a watermelon. Discuss why the watermelon and egg break, but the orange does not?

  • The number of spirals on the head of Romanesco broccoli is a Fibonacci number. Try some Romanesco.

  • Make a collage of pictures of nature that exhibit obvious golden spirals patterns.

  • Use beads to string a necklace with a Fibonacci bead pattern.

  • Cut a bagel to make two linked parts (bagels, knifes, instructions):

  • Perform a math show for your family.

  • Play some online math games:

  • Design print, and race to complete your own timed tests:



  • Play an Insect Addition Game:

  • More math games:

  • More dots cards activities:

  • Play some team-building math games:

  • Play “Loot the Pirate Ship”:

  • Puzzle shapes – place the numbers on the qube in the correct order:

  • cube:

  • octahedron:

  • icosahedron:

  • Experiment with falling objects (i.e. a rock and a feather) to determine which items fall faster than others when dropped simultaneously.

  • Experiment with kissing numbers (different sizes of circles):

  • Play with puzzle balls:

  • Play Star Count (Games for Math, page 113): Roll the die. The number you roll indicates how many large circles to draw on your paper. Roll the die again. This number indicates how many stars to draw into each circle. You may use stickers or stamps instead of drawing stars. Add up how many stars you have all together. The person with the highest number of stars is the winner. You may write your math problem on your paper. For example, if you rolled a three and a two, you can write 2+2+2=6 or 2x3=6.

  • Write a Fibonacci poem:

  • Play a doubling game:



  • Make your own math textbook. What will you put in it? How will you explain the concepts?

  • Write a musical composition.

  • Double or triple a recipe and determine the measurements accordingly.

  • When riding in a car, notice which way your body leans when the car is turning left or right. Can you determine why this happens?

  • Do some Futures Channel math activities:



  • Go here for math help:

  • Make a list of math skills that you know how to do. Instead of putting them in alphabetical order, put them in order from easiest to hardest.

  • Make a directory of mathematicians throughout history. List them alphabetically by last name. Instead of phone numbers, put their birth dates.

  • Learn how to use an abacus.

  • Make up your own mathematical puzzles.

  • Read books about mathematicians.

  • Draw a symmetrical picture.

  • Take a look at the California State Board of Education Content Standards for Mathematics: . Challenge yourself to learn something from the list.

  • Write a poem using haiku format (5 syllables, 7, 5) or iambic pentameter: 14 lines, 10 syllables each line, every other line rhymes, last 2 lines rhyme.

  • Try some mental math tricks:

  • Design a “vehicle” that will protect an egg from breaking when dropping it from fairly high height.

  • Draw a picture of everyday life using geometric shapes. (i.e. oval faces, circle sun, triangle trees or roofs, square or rectangle houses, etc..)

  • Calculate the distance between Earth and the moon, the sun, and other planets. Find objects around the houses that demonstrate the proportional difference in size between the earth and the sun.

  • Play board games.

  • Play with virtual manipulatives:

  • On your family’s next shopping excursion, try to estimate the total cost of the bill before you get to the register. Round items to the nearest dollar to make things easier.

  • Write math stories

  • Try out a lot of online math activities:



  • Take a look at the rhombicuboctahedron that Leonardo drew. Leonardo may have been the first to draw three-dimensional polyhedra with the faces open. Build your own three-dimensional open-faced polyhedra using mini marshmallows and toothpicks (or perhaps larger models made of newspaper rolls and tape). The marshmallows represent the vertices and the toothpicks represent the edges. Notice the number of faces, vertices, and edges on your polyhedra. Can you discover the formula for polyhedra? (The number of faces (F) plus the number of vertices (V) equals the number of edges (E) plus two: F + V = E + 2. It may also be expressed as V+F−E= 2)

  • Do a tessellation craft:

  • Make paper models of polyhedra:

  • See many more online math resources:

  • Play the Dinosaur Doubles Math Fact Game:

  • Play chess.

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