The MM team developed a series of great cartoon pictures based around various fairy tales where the pictures link naturally with particular lessons.
As substitutes, I've found some publicly available pictures to use at home. Naturally, these won't necessarily link with a particular lesson, but there is always something interesting to discuss. If you find others you like, let me know in the comments, please!
How do we use these pictures
The point is to use the pictures as triggers for the students to say full sentences or questions with some math content. There is no real limit or bound on what is allowed. Here are some examples of the typical types of comments (taken from actual conversations):
- I see 3 flowers.
- There are more people than chairs.
- The windows are rectangle shapes.
- Half of the plates are empty.
- The stars are arranged like 5 dots on a dice.
- This tree is smaller than this tree (pointing at the picture).
- The dog is in front of the horse.
- The bricks on the path make a 3x4 array.
As you can see, this is mostly about shape and number.
Examples from the web
Symphony orchestra, from http://metropolitanchamberorchestra.com/
Floating market from http://morenus.org/carlyn/thailand/floatingmarket3.jpg
Family room, from http://www.featurepics.com/online/Room-Interior-1311236.aspx
Hello Kitty Bakery from http://topbestappsforkids.com/best-kids-apps-hellokitty/
Coral reef scene from http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/coral-reef-illustration-children-happy-colorful-31303749.jpg
Without a picture, you can do a similar activity around your house. The number scavenger hunt was suggested at Kid's Quadrant. Go take a look: here!