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ERIC Number: EJ1001075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Proportion, Ratio and Scale: It's Enough to Drive Kids Batty!
Pooler, Victoria
Primary Science, n124 p8-10 Sep 2012
The tongue of a tube-lipped nectar bat is 8.6 cm long and its body length is only 5.8 cm and its tongue has to be stored inside its ribcage because it is 150% longer than its whole body. Looking at the tube-lipped nectar bat alone, various areas of the mathematics curriculum can be covered, with multiple opportunities for investigations and using and applying mathematics, depending on what area of the curriculum is being covered. Another interesting science and mathematics based investigation could involve looking at the wandering albatross. It has the largest wingspan of any bird, with the largest recorded span being 3.63 m and on average adults have 3 m wingspan. These are just some examples of how animals can be linked to the mathematics curriculum to demonstrate some of the trickier concepts in mathematics through concrete, visual examples. They can also be great talking points to get children interested and engaged in the natural world. As these incredible feats of nature exist on Earth, educators can use them to show children how amazing the natural world is. (Contains 4 figures, 1 table, and 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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