Big Ideas for Small Mathematicians: Kids Discovering the Beauty of Math with 22 Ready-to-Go Activities [NOOK Book]

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Introducing sophisticated mathematical ideas like fractals and infinity, these hands-on activity books present concepts to children using interactive and comprehensible methods. With intriguing projects that cover a wide range of math content and skills, these are ideal resources for elementary school mathematics enrichment programs, regular classroom instruction, and home-school programs. Reproducible activity sheets lead students through a process of engaged inquiry with plenty of helpful tips along the way. A ...
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Big Ideas for Small Mathematicians: Kids Discovering the Beauty of Math with 22 Ready-to-Go Activities

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Overview

Introducing sophisticated mathematical ideas like fractals and infinity, these hands-on activity books present concepts to children using interactive and comprehensible methods. With intriguing projects that cover a wide range of math content and skills, these are ideal resources for elementary school mathematics enrichment programs, regular classroom instruction, and home-school programs. Reproducible activity sheets lead students through a process of engaged inquiry with plenty of helpful tips along the way. A list of useful terms specific to each activity encourages teachers and parents to introduce students to the vocabulary of math.  Projects in this first of the two Big Ideas books include “Straw Structures,” where children get hands-on experience with measurement and 3-D visualization; “Kaleidoscopes,” in which students use geometry to build a mathematical toy; and “Crawling Around the Möbius Strip,” where kids build a physical example of infinity.
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Written directly to the student and using simple materials, this is a good guide for the classroom or to use independently.

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This collection of activities is a wonderful way to introduce children to many mathematical concepts, including geometric shapes in two and three dimensions, pi, divisibility, probability, fractals and more, in a format of activities that children 6 to 11 years of age can do, understand and enjoy. Suggestions of approaches for younger and older children in the group are followed by a discussion of the mathematical ideas relating to the activity. An illustrated activity worksheet can be copied and given to the children. The lists of objectives and needed materials set the stage for the interesting activities that include making a sun-catcher, which leads to another exciting activity of making a kaleidoscope. The Three Bears activity helps children grasp the concept of place value in adding two-digit and three-digit numbers. The activity using a child-made balance lays the foundation for solving equations. One activity simplifies the concept of fractals by building on the basic tetrahedron made from straws, pipe cleaners, and tissue paper. All of the activities are appropriate for the classroom as well as for the home, with parental guidance. Extensions are given to allow further investigations and suggestions to allow for more challenges. 2003, Zephyr Press, Ages adult professional.
— Sally Niezgoda
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613741368
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Ann Kajander, is the head of mathematics at a secondary Lakehead public school and runs the Kindermath Enrichment Project. She is also an adjunct professor in the mathematics department at Lakehead University. She has contributed articles to Teaching Children Mathematics and has presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference.

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