More Math Games & Activities from Around the World

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Math, history, art, and world cultures come together in this delightful book for kids, even for those who find traditional math lessons boring. More than 70 games, puzzles, and projects encourage kids to hone their math skills as they calculate, measure, and solve problems. The games span the globe, and many have been played for thousands of years, such as three-in-a-row games like Achi from Ghana or the forbidden game of Jirig from Mongolia. Also included are imaginative board games like Lambs and Tigers from ...

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Overview

Math, history, art, and world cultures come together in this delightful book for kids, even for those who find traditional math lessons boring. More than 70 games, puzzles, and projects encourage kids to hone their math skills as they calculate, measure, and solve problems. The games span the globe, and many have been played for thousands of years, such as three-in-a-row games like Achi from Ghana or the forbidden game of Jirig from Mongolia. Also included are imaginative board games like Lambs and Tigers from India and the Little Goat Game from Sudan, or bead and string puzzles from China, and Möbius strip puzzles from Germany. Through compelling math play, children will gain confidence and have fun as they learn about the different ways people around the world measure, count, and use patterns and symmetry in their everyday lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
More Math Games & Activities from Around the World by Claudia Zaslavsky features more than 70 games and activities that reinforce math skills, from three-in-a-row games such as Alquerque de Nueve from Spain, to board games such as Lambs and Tigers from India, to puzzles involving connecting dots with lines, such as West Africa's Julirde. Zaslavsky also explores calendars from around the world, lucky numbers, measurements, plus symmetry and patterns. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-This follow-up to the author's Math Games and Activities from around the World (Chicago Review, 1998) is packed with more than 70 new ideas, including board games; puzzles with dots, string, and paper strips; symmetry and similarity of designs; and repeated patterns. For each activity, Zaslavsky provides a bit of historical background including country or countries of origin, explains how to create the necessary materials, gives directions for play (or for making a craft), and offers suggestions for further thought. There is a mixture of puzzles to solve, realistic applications of math principles, and projects to help visualize math concepts. While some activities require basic math skills and coordination to complete, others are for beginners. Black-and-white diagrams help to clarify the text, but do little to make it visually appealing. In this book, creative teachers and parents will find ideas to stimulate inquiring young minds.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613708173
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudia Zaslavsky has been a math teacher and math teacher's teacher since 1959 and was one of the first educators to emphasize multicultural perspectives in math. She is the author of 13 books, including Math Games & Activities from Around the World, Number Sense and Nonsense, Africa Counts and Multicultural Math.

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