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ERIC Number: EJ972358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Back in Time on a Mathematics Trail
Moffett, Pamela
Mathematics Teaching, n219 p31-33 Sep 2010
The recently revised "Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum" recommends that teachers make use of the environment to extend children's understanding of mathematics. One approach to using the environment in mathematics is to take children on a mathematics trail. A mathematics trail uses the resources and features within the environment as a stimulus for mathematical activities. Buildings, pathways, gardens, playgrounds, forests--the environment is rich in opportunities to develop mathematical knowledge, skills, and understanding. Mathematics trails can take place indoors or outdoors and they are becoming increasingly popular at different historical sites around the country. With adequate planning and preparation, it is also possible to create a mathematics trail for use within the school grounds, or school community, and therefore tailor the activities to suit the children's needs, aptitudes, and abilities. A mathematics trail can allow children to make connections between the mathematics they are learning inside the classroom and the mathematics they experience outside. In this article, the author reports on taking mathematics "outdoors."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom