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ERIC Number: EJ902114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
The Story of the Trojan Octagon
Derado, Josip; Garner, Mary; Edwards, Belinda P.; Garrett, Violette L.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v16 n3 p172-180 Oct 2010
Stories that are presented through literature or popular media can be used to invite students into the world of math; stir their mathematical imaginations; and enhance their ability to read about, write about, and discuss math. This article explores how literature ("Flatland," the book and the movie) and an existing seventh-grade unit (Slices and Shadows) on two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes were used to stimulate students' interest and engagement with some significant mathematics. Using "Flatland: The Movie" to set the stage, students employ imagination and geometric constructions to reinforce their understanding of polygons. Preliminary evidence indicated that the activity was a success: (1) pretesting and posttesting scores showed an increase in student learning; (2) students made personal connections to the story; (3) they framed mathematical ideas in their own language; and (4) they extended stories in their own ways. (Contains 6 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia