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ERIC Number: EJ1001121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
What if Other Species Could Compete in the Olympics?
Keeler, Georgie
Primary Science, n125 p24-26 Nov 2012
To date, the fastest Olympic sprinter is Usain Bolt, who ran 200 m in 19.19 seconds. Would any other animal species on the planet have a chance of beating this man in a race? Children find this kind of question intriguing, and introducing a topic like this is a great way to make biology and mathematics fun. It provides a more practical application of mathematics, enabling them to calculate who would win the race. This leads the teacher and the children from the mathematics to the biology, in terms of adaptations of the animal to its environment. The tasks may need some existing prior knowledge or demonstrations, but they are designed to engage and captivate the children by combining subjects in a way that maximizes their learning capabilities. (Contains 4 figures, 1 table, 1 box, and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A