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ERIC Number: EJ765271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Turning Origami into the Language of Mathematics
Cipoletti, Beth; Wilson, Nancy
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v10 n1 p26-31 Aug 2004
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (1989) proposes using everyday objects, such as paper, to enable students to explore geometric relationships and vocabulary. Paper-folding and other types of hands-on activities have been found to increase students' ability to communicate mathematically and foster their understanding of mathematical concepts. These tasks help students move from concrete to abstract reasoning. Origami projects use everyday objects, incorporate geometric relationships, create opportunities for communication, and produce aesthetically pleasing objects to share with others while providing an opportunity to acquire knowledge that bridges diverse cultures. Using origami activities in the classroom allows opportunities for teacher-to-student, student-to-student, and school-to-community communication using geometric language. Teachers can use an origami activity for many different purposes: to refine their students' understanding of geometric terms, to reteach the meaning of geometric terms, to use geometric language to communicate, to provide an introductory lesson to a unit on geometry, to use more precise geometric language, or to engage their students in a geometric activity that is fun. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A