ERIC Number: ED264063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Using the Outdoors to Enrich the Teaching of Mathematics.
Payne, Milton R.
Written for teachers in elementary and middle schools and for personnel at outdoor education centers, this publication is the second in an ERIC/CRESS series on utilizing outdoor education methodologies to enhance the academic curriculum. The resource guide suggests ways of getting students interested in arithmetic and mathematics and how to make teaching math fun. Fifteen outdoor activities are keyed to the basic mathematics skills which the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) advocates each student acquire before completing high school. The skills include problem solving; applying mathematics in everyday situations; alertness to reasonableness of results; estimation and approximation; appropriate computational skills; geometry; measurement; reading, interpreting, and constructing tables, charts, and graphs; using mathematics to predict; and computer literacy. Each lesson is presented as an "idea" and contains descriptions of the NCTM skill, purpose, materials required, specific activity, and procedures. The lesson titles are: "Outdoor Shapes,""Hull Gull,""Arithmetic Treasure Hunt,""Cricket Thermometers,""Popcorn Scramble,""Seesaw Equations,""Practice with Dimensions of Circular Objects,""Outdoor Sets,""Ant and People Race,""Can You Locate the Center of an Acre?""How Many Deer and Moose,""How Tall Is That Tree?""Lumberjack Lesson,""Hunting Buried Treasure," and "Building and Using a Measuring Wheel." (NEC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Experiential Learning, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Education
ERIC/CRESS, Department 12, Box 3AP, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.
Note: For related document, see RC 015 536.