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ERIC Number: EJ794021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Hot Ideas. A Mathematical Response to a Piece of Text
Grey, Melinda
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v10 n4 p15-17 2005
Children's literature can enhance mathematics lessons by providing a meaningful context, demonstrating that mathematics develops from human experiences and contributes an aesthetic dimension to learning mathematics. Written as a series of real life inspired snapshots of mathematical thinking, "Counting on Frank" (Rod Clement, 1990) provides a valuable source of mathematical activities and problem solving tasks. The main character is constantly solving problems by considering mathematical concepts such as fractions, scale, volume, measurement, estimation, averages, and spatial awareness as they might apply in daily life: he calculates how long it would take to fill the entire bathroom with water, how much of his father would fit into the television, and how many years it would take before peas knocked off his plate every dinner time would reach the level of the dining room table. The book can be linked to various grades and strands in syllabus documents across Australia, including Data, Measurement, Number; Pattern and Algebra; Space and Geometry. The main aim of each of the activities described is for students to collect, analyze and organize information, communicate ideas and information, work with others, use mathematical ideas and techniques, and solve problems.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia