“Thirteen plus seven is…”
“Twenty-two plus eleven is…”
“Nineteen plus twenty-three is…”
Alright, I know that nineteen plus twenty-three is forty-two, but at our annual Brownie Math Meeting, it’s Bingo. We’re playing math bingo and we’re about to start another math game geared towards making math more interesting – and less intimidating – for our girls. At Math Meetings, we aim to make math fun and accessible through activities like those listed below.
Math Meetings Ideas:
- Math Bingo: call out math questions, the answers are the numbers on the bingo card
- Human Number Line: each girl is given an index card with a math question to solve, they arrange themselves in order from lowest to highest answer
- Human Bar Graph: create a bar graph of girls using a variety of criteria (favourite fruit, colour, etc.)
- Tangrams: girls make tangrams and complete tangram puzzles
- “Groups of” Scavenger Hunt: think of things that come in groups of 2, 3,4, etc. These “groups of” are a starting point for multiplication
- Area with Floor Tiles: one floor tile = one square unit, girls race to the be fastest group to use tape to make shapes of a certain area (ex: 5 square units) then work together to find the area of all the shapes
Math Meetings aren’t just fun, they also meet program requirements. In Brownies, we connect Math Meetings to the Number Magic and Money Talk interest badges. Math also fits into the Guide program (Cookie Rising) and Pathfinder program (Moneywise; Everything Comes from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Math is everywhere, including Guiding. At Math Meetings, we aren’t just trying to help girls improve their mental math skills or understand concepts such as area. We aim to help our girls approach math confidently and enthusiastically. Helping girls grow up knowing they are capable in the face of challenges, in math or otherwise, is what Guiding is all about.
By guest blogger Melissa. Melissa is a Queen’s University student and a Guider with the 5th Ottawa Brownies, 17th Kingston Guides, 17th Kingston Pathfinders. Melissa has also written previous blog for Girl Guides of Canada’s blog: The World Girls Want for the(ir) Future, Young Women’s World Forum 2011: Wrap-up from Switzerland, and was one of our reviewers for two books from our adult book club: Persuasion, and Everything We Ever Wanted.
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