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1st Grade Mango Math Activity Example: Golden Hexagon

Even with our favorable product reviews we know it can be difficult to spend money on anything these days  “sight unseen”.  To try and alleviate that concern, we have spent a lot of time on our blog and website trying to provide detailed product descriptions of our math curriculum products, including product reviews, charts comparing our math crates vs. math totes, overviews of each lesson in each grade level and how they map to NCTM math strands, and pictures.

We have now added slideshows!  For each of our grade level crates, we have chosen one activity and created a self-contained slide show that provides more detailed pictures and instructions for that lesson that we hope will give teachers and parents a better sense of what to expect when purchasing our math products.

For example, Golden Hexagon is one of our 1st grade math activities.  Like all of our activities, Golden Hexagon is a colorful, hands-on and reusable.  The objective of Golden Hexagon is  to allow students to explore equivalent values and associative properties.

If there is more information you would like to see or that you think might be helpful to someone evaluating our products, please let us know!


Mary & Jill
Co-Founders, Mango Math


February 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm 2 comments

criss cross

This problem is a fun one, I have had kids as young as 3rd grade act it out. I put students in groups, a person for each roll plus a narrator, and the kids have 15 to 20 minutes to figure out the problem and then act it out for the class. All groups have the same problem and students will quickly understand if their attempt to get everyone over the water works or not.

A farmer going on a trip with a squirrel, acorn and a fox had to cross a river in a boat in which he couldn’t take more than one of them with him each time he crossed.  Since he often had to leave two of them together on one side of the river or the other, how could he plan the crossing so that nothing gets eaten, and they all get across the river safely?

November 3, 2009 at 9:33 am Leave a comment

Shopping for a Chess Set . . .

You went to a game store and bought a chess set and a book which together cost $12.50. The chess set cost $2.50 more than the book. How much did each cost?

October 26, 2009 at 9:54 pm 1 comment

Candy Land . . .

You go to the candy store and buy 100 pieces of candy which cost exactly $1.00. Tootsie Rolls cost .10, Peppermint sticks .05, and Jelly Beans are 2 for .01. How many of each kind did you buy?

October 26, 2009 at 9:53 pm Leave a comment


The game 24 is a great game to play when you only have a short amount of time, like in a car ride or at the end of the class day. Taking the numbers 5, 4, 4, 2, how would you add, subtract, multiply or divide them to get 24?

October 26, 2009 at 9:52 pm Leave a comment

Who Am I?

I am a 2-digit number less than 84. The sum of my digits is 9. The ones digit is twice the tens digit. Who am I?

October 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm Leave a comment

Ring Toss . . .

A ring toss at a carnival advertises a grand prize for anyone who can total exactly 100 points with 10 tosses or less. More than 1 ring may be on any one number. The numbers are 16, 17, 23, 24, 39, 40.

October 26, 2009 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

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