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ERIC Number: EJ858577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Math in the Box
DeYoung, Mary J.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v15 n3 p134-141 Oct 2009
This article describes how to make an origami paper box and explores the algebra, geometry, and other mathematics that unfolds. A set of origami steps that transforms the paper into an open box can hold mathematical surprises for both students and teachers. An origami lesson can engage students in an open-ended exploration of the relationship between the size of the original paper and the volume of the newly constructed box. The underlying mathematical concept in this activity include linear measurement, area, volume calculations for rectangular solids, and proportional reasoning. These concepts also lead to operations with fractions. (Contains 1 table and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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