Art projects are fantastic for targeting multiple skills in an fun and engaging way. Check out how we combine math, fine motor, language practice and receptive language into this one 30 minute lesson…
The ocean theme unit is the perfect theme for integrating academics and art projects! Here are some of the math tasks we do during the ocean unit:
After we teach and practice these math concepts, it is time to target generalization of skills. Math crafts are very simple to do and can easily be customized to your meet the needs of your classroom and students.
Have students start by assembling their sea turtle. I like to have students request the pieces and cut out, if possible. Next, students were given a math problem based on their individual math skills. The answer to the problem told the students how many green squares to glue onto the turtle shell.
The second math craft we did during our ocean unit focused on beginning word problems. Word problems are very confusing to my kiddos, so this activity helped give them a visual.
I typed up this template (at bottom of craft) with blanks, so I could easily differentiate the math problems. Students first glued on the amount of fish written on their first line. Then they glue on the amount of fish listed second. When they were done gluing all of their fish on, students had to count all of their fish and write that number on the last line.
Afterwards, students had to color the fish by following verbal directions. So easy to generalize skills with art projects!!
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