Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Connecting Social Studies and Math

I had to find an activity that involves mathematical ideals from a non-Western culture. I used Tangrams for my report, but, I decided that I would LOVE to have kids "travel around the world" during Math class (maybe all the other subjects too.)

A Trip to China during Math
Adaptable to any grade level - 
I would setup each activity as a center, quads of students rotating through, at least a week long
I have included a photo and a very brief description. (Each has thousands of resources online)

Tangrams (1 square, 1 parallelogram, 5 triangles in various sizes that form a square, and are used to make pictures)

Congkak (a version of Mancala with 7 pits to a side - and 7 seeds/shells in each pit)

Abacus (Ancient Calculator)

Mahjong (I might do this as a computer station and let kids play the solitaire version, as a Mahjong set is quite expensive and the game can take a long time.)
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Counting Rods (red is positive numbers and black is negative)

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Do you have any other ideas?

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