Should the kids sit still and quiet in class? The movement movement.

An article in yesterday’s New York Times gathers opinions and evidences about the benefits of activity programmes within the classroom to improve academic performance.


Math routines with the pirates

math-routines-piratesThese routines work very well to work and reinforce numbering and initiation to addition and subtraction. And the pirates give all their help!

The last sheet is easier, for students starting with the routines.

Included also is a version of a template so you are able to make more sheets and adapt the level to the student progress.

Download this resource here.


House of the pirate’s numbers

I have prepared a model of the house of numbers, rather a pirate ship of numerical decomposition until number 10 or until the number that you want to work with, since I am sharing the template.


How to work with it:

In the area of the pirate hat you will find a number. That means that on that ship there are that crew. We will tell the students that some of the crew have been captured, the students will calculate how many crew members have been captured in each row/variation to achieve the number under the hat.


If they already know the traditional numbers house, they will not have difficulty performing this.


Looking for the lost number in a table. Five graded activities.

With a pirate theme for the materials, we did this activity working with stations. This way of working, in addition to being very dynamic, allows to attend to a diversity of students. You only need to have a well-coordinated activity at the different levels. Students pass through each station 10 minutes. When the alarm sounds, change the station.

One of the activities performed in a station has been this one that we share. Organized on various levels of difficulty.


In the links below you can download the materials for the different levels and also the sheet for the students to write the value of each pirate object found. From each of the levels you will find several different models. The annotation sheet is always the same. Print it as many times as you need.

The objective of this activity is to reinforce the numbering up to 100. The numbering models up to 20 would be the lower levels. And level 5 for those who have high capacities. There is a model of 20 squares, named as level 3, that could be used for multiple activities like series or dozens being worked on at the same time.