ERIC Number: EJ876154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Problem Solvers: Problem--Counting Is for the Birds and Solutions--Multiplication along the Silk Road
Jones, Carolyn M.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v16 n6 p318-324 Feb 2010
Connecting mathematical thinking to the natural world can be as simple as looking up to the sky. Volunteer bird watchers around the world help scientists gather data about bird populations. Counting flying birds might inspire new estimation methods, such as counting the number of birds per unit of time and then timing the whole flock's flight. In particular, birding provides a context for students' interests to "take flight" both in and beyond the classroom. Students can put their estimation skills into practice by participating in citizen science projects such as the great backyard bird count. This article in the "problem solvers" department involves computing and comparing area. It features problems for students and then discusses the results of presenting a previous problem to students. Problem solvers activity sheet and solutions are also included.
Descriptors: Animals, Elementary School Mathematics, Relevance (Education), Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills, Computation, Ornithology
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