Posted by: degarcia | March 24, 2009

Integration of Math

· Math is more than just learning numbers – help students understand all this

· Use everyday activities to teach math –

· Ask math related questions throughout the day

· Show the students that math is a part of life and just a subject to study at school

· Can be in walking to school, stop signs, grocery shopping,

· When you’re reading, ask children “How many butterflies do you see on this page” or ask children, “What kinds of animals do you see in this book?” Then you can start mixing math experiences in literature.

· Cooking with kids is also a great way for children to be exposed to math concepts because they are learning about quantity, measurements, portions while they are also learning about food and nutrition.

* Why is it important?

– children need to learn to think more mathematically because math is all around us.  When we integrate math into daily activities, they become more comfortable with it and they develop the skills necessary to become better at math.

– As technology advances, more jobs will be created for those who are students now. They will need to be able to think mathematically in order to be successful at these jobs.  The more we integrate it when they are young, the better they will do with it later on in life.

– math naturally integrates into many subject areas.  We need to give students practice with it and make them aware that it is there. It is in art (shapes), reading (counting, syllables), science (distances), and many other subjects. They need to be aware that it is a part of life and not just a subject to study at school.

Helpful Websites:

Website with lesson plans and activities that include math with language skills. Includes different subjects and different levels of activities depending on the grade. Integrate math and money – money we can use in everyday activities and lessons. Talk about going on a trip, geography, Many lesson plans, grouped into grade levels. Integrating science and math. Have activities with the lesson plans already prepared. – younger grade – with everyday objects – lesson plan.

Lesson plan integrating science, language arts and mathematics. This lesson has students read, and collect data about the moon and its rotation in the sky. The students are then asked to display their data.

This activity integrates science and mathematics as the students build catapults; learning about force and motion.

This activity integrates language arts with mathematics. The students are given riddles that they must solve using mathematics.




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