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ERIC Number: EJ1001076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Making Links between Maths and Science
Hiscock, Naomi
Primary Science, n124 p11-13 Sep 2012
For some children maths and science are exciting subjects that work side by side, one providing the opportunity to practise and hone skills and knowledge gained from the other. For other children the subjects are disjointed and seem to bear no relationship to each other. Science can provide a wonderful opportunity to practise a variety of math skills within an engaging context. Moreover, the small-group-work nature of investigative science offers a supportive environment in which to work. So, how can a science context be used to enhance understanding in a few specific areas of the maths curriculum? Within the maths curriculum, children are expected to learn measure length, weight and capacity using appropriate equipment. Measuring skills can be taught in one of three ways: (1) abstractly--where the measuring equipment is used but with no context; (2) in a maths context--where there is a purpose to the task; and (3) in a science context--where some additional knowledge or understanding will be gained by carrying out the task so motivation to carry out the task will be greater. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table, 2 boxes, and 2 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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