Wild Math

Wild Math® takes math outdoors where it is naturally hands-on, engages all of the senses, and includes plenty of movement. 

Elementary math should be
active and fun! 

Watch how the natural environment makes concepts more concrete and increases children’s attention spans.

Wild Math® Curriculums cover the typical math skills and standards taught in each grade and provide activities, lessons, and games so that you can take your math instruction outdoors! Each unit also has a list of math picture books and games that are perfect for playing outside in warm weather and inside in extreme weather or on those dark winter evenings.


Features of all Wild Math curriculums:

  • Covers all the typical skills in each grade
  • Uses natural materials as math manipulatives
  • Each unit contains math picture book and board game lists
  • Does not use traditional worksheets (although any inexpensive workbook can be added if desired). The use of games for math fact practice is encouraged.
  • Hands on learning activities, games, and projects.

Weekly year long plans

Year long plans are now included with Kindergarten. We will be adding weekly plans for each grade as quickly as we can this year. 

Plans will be available at a discount if you purchased the applicable curriculum level in the past.  Once the plans are added the price of the full curriculum will reflect the addition of the plans. The plans cost a modest amount to cover the significant time and production costs. Scholarships are available for families that are experiencing economic hardship. Please email for details. We do not want anyone who needs the weekly plans to miss out!


Common Questions About Wild Math® Curriculum

Yes! Absolutely! I compared multiple curriculums to make sure that all the essential skills and concepts were covered in Wild Math®. As a result, the material covered in Wild Math® exceeds the requirements of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Meaning it actually covers more concepts and skills than what is required in most public schools in the U.S.

Yes! It complements any math curriculum. Try taking a break from workbooks and spend the day outside, while still getting “school” work done! Simply match the unit you are working on in your curriculum to the same unit in Wild Math® and choose an activity. Some people use Wild Math® as their “spine” and add in other activities or extra practice if they feel their student needs it.

Yes and No!

Kindergarten contains full weekly plans and we will be adding plans to each grade over the next year (sooner if we can!). 

The remaining Wild Math® curriculums include a planning sheet and planning examples so you can tailor the activities and pace to your child or students. Choose 3-5 activities each week if you are using Wild Math® as your main math curriculum. A pacing guide/suggested sequence is also provided.

Yes! Wild Math® is for everyone! The curriculum was written with homeschoolers in mind however, it can easily be adapted to a variety of settings. There are many schools, childcare, and classroom teachers that use Wild Math®. Some parents have used it at home to help a child who is struggling with math at school get more practice as a change of pace from workbooks, yet providing practice and reteaching of math concepts.

Of course not! Pick and choose activities, combine with other math activities, and tailor it for you and your students. Do what works for you and your student/s. I am a huge advocate for learning outside, as there are many benefits. However, I am also aware of the fact that it probably is not realistic for everybody all of the time. That is OK. If you’re having trouble getting outside or you are intimidated by this much outdoor math, I suggest starting small and planning one or two lessons per week of outdoor learning and increase your outdoor time as you feel comfortable. There are also lots of board games, and book recommendations included. These are great in the middle of winter when many of us are outside less and the days are shorter.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten math is meant to be active and fun! You’ll find all the units and skills typically covered in kindergarten math, plus practice activities. Build a solid foundation in numeracy skills through activities such as collecting and counting natural materials, mud pie activities, and using flowers in ten frames. This new 3rd edition now includes a full year (38 weeks) of plans for the year! It also includes a blank planning sheet to help you tailor Wild Math to the needs of your child/ren or students.

Math Units covered: counting and cardinality, place value, patterns and symmetry, beginning addition and subtraction, measurement and data, and geometry.


First Grade

Use what is naturally abundant in your area to learn first grade math! Use pinecones, rocks, or seashells to learn addition and subtraction facts, learn and classify shapes made with sticks, and practice data collection and graphing by observing the natural world. 


Math units covered: numbers and place value, Patterns, addition and subtraction facts, advanced addition and subtraction, measurement and data, time and money, and geometry.


Second Grade

Make your second grade math year active and fun! In second grade, children use bundles of sticks to explore place value and multi-digit addition and subtraction strategies. Mudpies help to visualize fractions and leaves and flowers are used to practice skip counting. 

Math units covered: place value, addition and subtraction fact review, multi digit addition and subtraction, multiplication, fractions, measurement, time and money, graphs and data, and geometry. 


Third Grade

Third grade we build on our prior math skills and explore multiplication in the natural world. Use plants, animal life, and natural materials to model multiplication and division facts!Discover the relationship between perimeter and area by measuring gardens, playgrounds, buildings, and tiles.

Math units covered: place value, multi-digit addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement and data, time and money, and geometry.


Fourth Grade

Learn fourth grade math in a classroom without walls! Children will learn to solve multi-digit multiplication and division problems using a variety of strategies and nature-based projects. Use pinecones, rocks, or seashells to make multiplication arrays and find factors. Model multiples with stick bundles and use recycled materials to explore volume.The fourth grade curriculum contains more guidance for teaching those trickier topics such as division and fractions! 

Math units covered: place value, multi-digit addition and subtraction (review), multiplication (including multi digit multiplication- traditional and lattice method), division (including long division- traditional method and box/area method), fractions, decimals, data and probability, geometry, patterns and algebra, time, and measurement.


Fifth Grade

In fifth grade, math is a useful tool for exploring and understanding the world around us. We can use it to construct and build, answer questions, and do sophisticated calculations. The 5th grade curriculum utilizes mudpies and cakes to model fraction operations and use place natural materials to model decimals! The fifth grade contains more guidance for teaching math concepts than prior levels. 

Math units covered: review of multi-digit multiplication and division, decimals, fractions, measurement, data and graphing, algebra, geometry, and measurement.