I have found that with my students, mathematical language is either a dead language (It should be buried and never resurrected!), a foreign language (It sounds like a different language from a far away country.), a nonsense language (It makes no sense to me - ever!) or a familiar, useful language. Many times, they are unduly frustrated because mathematical language has never been formally taught or applied to real life. For example, many primary teachers will have their children sit on the circle when in fact, the children are sitting on the circumference of the circle. What a wonderful, concrete way to introduce children to the concept of circumference! Yet, this teaching moment is often missed, and circumference doesn't surface again until it is time to teach the chapter on circles.
|Plane Geometry + Number Tiles|
Before each set of activities, the geometry vocabulary used for that group of activities is listed. Most definitions include diagrams and/or illustrations. In this way, the students can learn and understand new math words without difficulty or cumbersome words. These activities vary in levels of difficulty. Because the pages are not arranged in any particular order, the students are free to skip around in the book. All of these activities are especially suitable for the visual and/or kinesthetic learner.
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