Math Around the World
Written by Beverly Braxton, Philip Gonsalves,
Linda Lipner, and Jacqueline Barber
Journey through the world of mathematics! Games and diversions
from across the globe and throughout time have relied on numbers,
geometry, probability, and logic. Discover the intriguing patterns
of Topology Networks that originated in Zaire. Play Game Sticks,
a version of a game played by Native Californians. Challenge your
spatial skills by building Geometric Constructions that were first
developed in England. Try to solve our Lo-Shu puzzles, classic
magic squares that came from China.
Each game can be presented as a two- or three-session activity
or at a stand-alone learning station. Complete presentation instructions
help make the mathematical concepts more explicit and powerful
for all students. Maps and historical information at each station
blend social studies and geography with mathematics.
See the related single-game mathematics GEMS unit, Quadice. Interested in learning more about GEMS and mathematics instruction? Download our PowerPoint presentation The Rainbow of Math.
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