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ERIC Number: EJ775326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Fasten Your Seat Belts
O'Brien, Thomas; Barnett, Judy
Mathematics Teaching, n185 p34-38 Dec 2003
One of the major characteristics of mathematics is that one can derive new information from old information with logical certainty. The fancy word for deriving information is inference. The elementary school and secondary school years are the time for the construction of logical operations and the development of tactics and skills which are at the heart of mature mathematical thinking, not to say anything about the application of inference to events and information in everyday life. In this article, the author describes an inference game for sixth graders called "The Bunny Game." The title of this article, "Fasten Your Seat Belts," was chosen for two reasons: (1) In the classroom tryouts of these activities the teachers had no idea what was going to happen next; and (2) The author hopes that the reader will DO the activities rather than merely read them. (Contains 19 figures and 2 notes.) [This article originally appeared in the November 2003 issue of "Phi Delta Kappan."]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A