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Signs, Symbols & Codes
     

Signs, Symbols & Codes

by Gary Benenson, James L. Neujahr, George D. Nelson (Foreword by)
 

Now elementary teachers can combine the best of science and technology education in a comprehensive curriculum based on everyday materials and artifacts.

Signs, Symbols & Codes uses a novel, engaging approach to teaching different methods for representing information. Signs and symbols can take the form of words and numbers; graphic devices used on maps,

Overview

Now elementary teachers can combine the best of science and technology education in a comprehensive curriculum based on everyday materials and artifacts.

Signs, Symbols & Codes uses a novel, engaging approach to teaching different methods for representing information. Signs and symbols can take the form of words and numbers; graphic devices used on maps, signage systems, packages, and consumer products; and even gestures used by teachers and children to get one another's attention and convey messages. A set of symbols organized into a coherent system is called a code. The contexts and activities in this book involve signs, symbols, or codes of some sort and all draw on a broad range of places and situations that are part of everyday experience. Let your students learn how to decipher and use this information both in and out of school. At the same time, meet these broader instructional goals:

  • introduce fundamental themes of information, representation, sign, symbol, and communication
  • promote literacy by developing a variety of techniques for sending and receiving information
  • promote numeracy by increasing awareness of symbols as a means to represent quantitative information
  • demystify common artifacts and, by extension, technology in general
  • develop process skills in observation, classification, generalization, communication, and design
  • foster an appreciation of the immediate environment
  • provide rich opportunities for group work.

    Signs, Symbols & Codes is one of a five-volume series, Stuff That Works! A Technology Curriculum for the Elementary Grades. Developed by City Technology of City College of New York, each volume helps teachers plan and implement classroom activities and units organized around a single topic-how and why a basic technology works. The guides include an introduction to concepts, classroom stories, resources, and information about standards, as well as suggestions for teachers new to the subject. Use a single volume independently or all five to form a powerful vehicle for integrating science, math, social studies, language arts, and everyday technology. A companion website-filled with curriculum ideas and providing teacher support from hands-on workshops to forums-is available at http://citytechnology.ccny.cuny.edu. The complete series includes:

  • Mechanisms & Other Systems
  • Packaging & Other Structures
  • Designed Environments: Places, Practices & Plans
  • Signs, Symbols & Codes
  • Mapping

  • Editorial Reviews

    This is one book in a five-volume set designed to help elementary teachers plan and implement classroom activities and units around the topic of how and why a basic technology works. This particular text focuses on methods of representing information, including graphic devices and gestures, words and numbers. The text enables teachers to develop fundamental themes of information, representation, sign, symbol, and communication; promote literacy and numeracy; demystify common artifacts, and technology in general; and develop students' skills in observation, classification, generalization, communication and design, and awareness of their immediate environment. The authors are project directors of City Technology, City College of New York. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780325004709
    Publisher:
    Heinemann
    Publication date:
    03/19/2002
    Series:
    Stuff That Works! Series
    Edition description:
    New Edition
    Pages:
    168
    Product dimensions:
    8.49(w) x 10.67(h) x 0.35(d)
    Age Range:
    5 - 11 Years

    Meet the Author

    Gary Benenson teaches at City College of New York in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

    James L. Neujahr teaches at City College of New York in the School of Education.

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