Reflection: Relevance Is This Math or Isn't It? - Section 1: Getting Started


It is always possible to just jump right into the math curriculum, to get kids doing sums and differences, but for me, helping children to understand what math is has to come first. Children can memorize math facts but if they do not understand that math has a purpose, that people really use math on a regular basis, and that math follows predictable patterns, then the memorizing will be just that, memorized facts. Many students will not be able to use numbers to solve problems later on in school because they will not grasp how numbers work.

Introducing students to all of the ways that math is a part of their world, and returning to that theme throughout the year, helps my students to get excited about engaging in math activities. It also provides me with that anchor experience that I can refer back to all year long to reignite an excitement with math.

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Is This Math or Isn't It?

Unit 1: What and Where is Math?
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify the math all around them and explain their thinking.

Big Idea: Children are surrounded by reading, seeing words and letters all around them. They are not as aware of the numbers in their world. Children who recognize the numbers around them will gain a better understanding of how numbers help solve problems.

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Math, Measurement, Measurement and Methods, sorting, Argument (make sense of), Critique (reasoning of others)
  45 minutes
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