ERIC Number: ED431680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Calendars and Thinking Logically.
Smith, Fred C.; Abrahamson, Brant
This teaching guide consists of two short lessons: (1)"Centuries and Millennia"; and (2) "Days, Weeks, Months and Years." The first lesson shows major religious and secular concerns that, in various ages, combined to produce the calendar that now indicates the beginning of "a new millennium." It is specifically designed to combat "calendar occultism," the irrational belief that mystical powers are associated with numbers. The second lesson focuses on the mathematical "messiness" of the earth's journey around the sun (and the moon's "monthly" trip around the earth). The complex interplay of physical phenomena, religion, and science is an interdisciplinary lesson. The heavily footnoted text, along with the ending "Notes for Teachers," provides the basis for verbal commentary. A multiple-choice quiz also is included. (BT)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Instructional Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Logical Thinking, Numbers, Scientific Concepts, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Thinking Skills
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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