Joyful Mathematics At Home!

Joyful Mathematics
At Home!

With many students staying home for the COVID-19 quarantine, the National Association of Math Circles in partnership with JRMF have created resources for students & families to engage with math from home!

These mathematically-minded activities can be played with materials found around the house and a little bit of printing or can be played entirely online through Google Drive or Microsoft Powerpoint!

Bubbling Cauldrons

Your goal is to place as many numbers in the cauldrons as possible, but these cauldrons are unstable! If two numbers in a cauldron add to a third number in the same cauldron, they bubble over and explode!

Placing consecutive numbers, how high can you reach before the cauldrons explode?

  • Set of counters marked 1 – 30

  • Cauldron cut-outs
    (Will add soon)

Problems for Grades: Second – Eighth
Challenge Problems: Seventh – Twelveth

Strategies: Working backwards, wishful thinking, spatial awareness

Standards: I will fill this in soon!  I promise!

Your goal is to place as many numbers in the cauldrons as possible, but these cauldrons are unstable! If two numbers in a cauldron add to a third number in the same cauldron, they bubble over and explode!

Placing consecutive numbers, how high can you reach before the cauldrons explode?

Good for Grades: First – Eighth

Strategies: Working backwards, wishful thinking, spatial awareness

Standards: I will fill this in soon!  I promise! -Spencer

Bubbling Cauldrons
(Online Version)

You can play with this activity  entirely online. Click the buttons below to either add a copy of Wolves & Sheep to your Google Drive or download a copy to open in Powerpoint.

looking for more resources?

Materials on this activity from other Math Communities partners as well as good links from around the web.

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