First Grade Math Homework: 5 Interesting Ideas 

Homework for a First grader should be

  • Fun but educational
  • Allow the child to take on responsibility for their learning
  • Achievable
  • Within the child’s ability and scope
  • Encourage further learning

Most children are quite keen to get some form of home work when they start school. Some children may have older siblings so they see homework as a rite of passage. At this early stage it is important that children see homework as something they can do on their own with a bit of help from a parent or older sibling.

Math homework can be fun and for a First Grader it should be cross curricular and not necessarily a mass produced pencil and paper worksheet task. When back in the classroom the child should have the chance to share their homework with their teacher and/or some of their peers. The task needs to be carefully designed and realistic.

  1. Keep a food or meal diary. The children will need some form of worksheet so they can see how their information needs to be presented. You could just focus on breakfasts over a period of a few days.
  2. Skills:

    • Gathering information that can then be used either as a group or class activity.
    • Tallying the results.
    • Drawing conclusions from the results.
  3. Size versus age. The activity can be an extension work that has been initiated in the classroom. Does biggest means oldest. This activity could also be repeated in the classroom, comparing age with height.
  4. Skills:

    • Ordering from tallest to smallest.
    • Ordering from oldest to youngest.
    • Questioning differences that occur and discussing possibilities.
  5. Shapes. Shapes occur all around us. In the class room encourage the children to pick out basic 2-D shapes, in their surroundings. Ask them to do the same activity at home. Depending on their ability this activity can be repeated with 3-D shapes.
  6. Skills:

    • Observation.
    • Application of learning into different situations.
    • Visual representation of their observations.
  7. Weight. Looking at different objects and making comparisons as to whether for example a pound of feathers takes up the same amount of room as a pound of stones. Ask the child to make a few comparisons with articles in the home.
  8. Skills:

    • Language of weight.
    • Ordering weights - Heaviest to Lowest.
    • Introduction of standardised weights.
  9. Sinkers and Floaters. After classroom work on sinkers and floaters set home work by giving the children a piece paper that they can make into a boat shape to carry a small item of your choosing. You can decide if they are allowed to use additional materials.
  10. Skills:

    • Language to describe the properties of a sinker
    • Language to describe the properties of a floater
    • Identification of what makes the article float.
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