Life of Fred Farming, Lesson Plan

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Often I read questions from mothers wondering if Life of Fred can be a stand alone or does it require supplementing. I always find it hard to take a stand on any side of the matter because I do not know how their student learns. For my son, who is delayed in math, we use Life of Fred as a stand alone but I often bring in hands-on learning, extra practice sheets and math games to help reinforce the math concepts.

This blog series on Life of Fred math is sharing how I created and expanded on math ideas to help my son learn.

Life of Fred Farming Lesson Plans

  • Time to grab the scales and start weighing items. Our goal will be to make piles that weigh the same as each drawer in Fred’s desk.
  • Time for some math dice games. I think it is time to try the game of Pig. I like the idea of adding up a set of dice and the first to 25, 50 or 100 wins.

Life of Fred Quote

  • I found this quote in the book, one I discussed even with my older kids. Do you agree with it?
  • Since this is a repeat for seeing the concept of percents I wanted to really spend some time on understanding it. I printed a few copies of a hundreds board. I had my son color in his answers from your turn to play. Then had him use our blocks to build them.
  • It was time to learn the Hey Diddle, Diddle The Median’s The Middle for reviewing in chapter 3.
  • I took a box and filled it with as many random small toys as I could find. I then had my son practice making sets out of the items.
  • An extra video on teaching regrouping. Then following the idea I found on using food for teaching regrouping where M&Ms are ones, Twizzlers are tens, and Graham crackers on hundreds should cement the concept in my son’s brain.
  • Bonus if my son can build Fred out of his unit blocks.
  • Make a note to start saving lids from your recycle. I found a great visual for teaching circumstance. I even found gummy white lambs at the candy store so my son can recreate the story.
  • For fun we will cook meat turnovers for dinner.
  • I found some help for me understanding functions better. I will probably just let this lesson go with whatever understanding my son gets on the first try. I am sure we will see this concept later.
  • I am sure my son would love to review my PI lesson plans, only if it involved eating pie again.

Now we have to take a deep breath…because it is time to introduce multiplication. This will take a few extra lessons for my son to realize he can do the math even though it now looks different from addition and subtraction. I will save you the drama and hopefully before we start Life of Fred Goldfish things will be calm again.

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