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ERIC Number: EJ721547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
The Science and Mathematics of Building Structures
Chalufour, Ingrid; Hoisington, Cindy; Moriarty, Robin; Winokur, Jeff; Worth, Karen
Science and Children, v41 n4 p30-34 Jan 2004
This article describes a classroom learning experience at a Head Start program in Boston, Massachusetts. In this classroom, children were taught how to integrate mathematics and science skills--from exploring shape, pattern, measurement, and spatial relationships to developing an understanding of stability, balance, and properties of materials--by merely "playing" with blocks. In addition to these discipline-specific concepts, several concepts and processes that were part of both the science and mathematics standards were identified. For example, standards in both science and mathematics identify shape, pattern, measurement, and spatial relationships as important concepts for study. Similarly, both disciplines identify questioning, problem solving, analyzing, reasoning, communicating, connecting, investigating, and creating and using representations as processes central to engagement with each subject. The teacher and a group of curriculum developers who worked with her in this integrated unit have written this article to share their story and thoughts. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts