A Math lesson on attributes and logic

Subject:

Math

1, 2, 3

Karen Engelkenjohn

Kerrin Koederitz

Todd Wolfe

Name of Activity Village of the Tacky Dressers

Topic Logic, attribute recognition

Materials Needed:

3 Poster board “villages”

Pictures of typical villages

Color markers

Story and sample questions

Description of Activity The children sit in small groups (4 – 5). The teacher reads the “Ballad of Princess Penny” to the class, hanging up the poster board villages at the appropriate points in the story.

Show the whole class pictures of visitors, some who belong to the villages and some who don’t. After a little of this practice, distribute pictures of villages to the groups. Ask them to identify the village each picture is from and to explain “why.”

Some Questions To Ask: After posing the question at the end of the story to the class as a whole, discuss it. Next, pass out pictures of villages to each group and ask the children to identify what village each villager belongs to.

Some more advanced questions you can use are: Princess Penny finds some green shoes on the road . She wants to return them to their owner. Which village should she take them to?

Caleb wants to move to one of Princess Penny’s villages. He normally wears a polka clotted shirt with green shoes and orange plaid pants. What village should be move to if be wants to buy as few clothes as possible?

Princess Penny bears some rustling in the bushes beside the road . She sees a sw at ch of polka – dotted cloth caught in one of the branches. “Who’s hiding back there?” Princess Penny calls out. A little boy’s voice answers, “I’m running away from from because because my parents won’t let me wear a T – shirt, blue jeans, and Air Jordans!” “Wi ll you come back with me to your village if I guess which one it is?” Princess Penny asks. “Uh … well, maybe…” “I have just one question for you,” says the Princess. “Does the color of your village’s shoes start with the same letter as the color of your village’s pants?” “Yes,” the boy replies suspiciously. Can you guess what village the boy is from?

The final section of this activity involves reviewing the concepts of attribution, and providing closure to the activity by presenting a final “mystery villager” problem.