ERIC Number: ED439002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
UnCommon Knowledge: Projects That Help Middle-School-Age Youth Discover the Science and Mathematics in Everyday Life. Volume Two: Hands-On Math Projects.
Carter, Carolyn S.; Cohen, Sara; Keyes, Marian; Kusimo, Patricia S.; Lunsford, Crystal
This guide contains hands-on mathematics activities to connect middle-school students to the traditional knowledge of their grandparents and elders. Because girls often lose interest in math at the middle-school level, and because women in some communities (especially in rural areas) are seldom involved in work with an obvious math basis, the activities explore common practices associated with women for generations. The guide has two sections. "Pieces of Mine: The Mathematics of Quilting" leads students into the worlds of plane geometry, symmetry, and tessellations. Through quilting, students take a hands-on approach to mathematics, spatial sense, culture, and history. Activities include a symmetry hunt, 2-D geometry with pattern blocks, and designing quilt patterns. "Crafty Mathematician: Making Art through Mathematics" provides mathematical skill-building activities while helping learners understand the math embodied in many craft activities. Students explore Cartesian coordinates, 2-D and 3-D geometry, measurement, symmetry, and volume. Activities include making ornaments, pictures, boxes, and a kaleidoscope. Each section includes an introduction, cautions, community connections, benefits to learners and communities, ideas for additional projects, readings, leader background information, activity descriptions, and handouts. (SV)
Descriptors: Design Crafts, Geometry, Handicrafts, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Middle Schools, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Symmetry, Tessellations, Womens Education
Full text at Web site: http://www.ael.org/eric/voices/math.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.; AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.