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ERIC Number: EJ783325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Exploring Weighty Matters with "Cucumber Soup": An Interdisciplinary Approach
Columba, Lynn
Childhood Education, v84 n1 p30-R Fall 2007
Children's literature can play a significant role in integrating math and science concepts into real-world applications. One particularly delightful selection is "Cucumber Soup" (Krudwig, 1998). This book can create a context--making cucumber soup--for weighing and for a real-life on adding fractions. This kind of learning context takes children away from viewing math and science as rules and formulas, and encourages them to explore ideas in a more natural and informal manner that will help them discover connections and interrelationships among content and concepts. This article describes the use of "Cucumber Soup" as a powerful tool for teachers at the elementary level to engage students in actively doing math and science, and in investigating and exploring measurement and number concepts.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A