By using manipulatives, students will learn to recognize attributes and sort items according to those attributes.
Iggies Come to Kindergarten, Bernard R. Yvon Teacher (1984) 31(5), 36-38
This activity is designed to help students recognize a variety of different attributes and then learn how to sort people/objects according to the different attributes.
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude.
2. Develop social skills and ethical responsibility.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
Invitation to Learn
Squiggy was created in a classroom in Brigham City, Utah to help children explore different attributes. Squiggy has many "people" attributes -- arms, legs, eyes, a round squiggly head/body, always some kind of hat, and sometimes a nose, shoes and ears. Let's create what Squiggy can look like. (Model with the class a Squiggy giving the following parameters-one color with black outline, one squiggly head/body, a hat of some kind, 1-4 arms, 1-4 legs, 1-2 eyes, ears or no ears, shoes or no shoes, sometimes a nose and always a smile. Model how to describe a Squiggy. Have students draw their own Squiggy.)
Sutton, J & Krueger, A. (Eds.). (2004). ED Thoughts: In What Way Can Integrating Curriculum Enhance Learning in Mathematics?Subject integration helps a student make sense and understand the meaning of new information. If the goal is to produce mathematically literate citizens who can apply mathematical thinking in real-life problem solving, then subject integration is essential. Problem-based learning, using real-life problems, serves as a powerful motivational tool.
Sutton, J & Krueger, A. (Eds.). (2004). ED Thoughts: What is the Impact of Teachers Learning on Student Learning?One of the strongest predictors of students' success is the quality of their teacher. Highly qualified teachers with both mathematics content knowledge and pedagogical skills are more effective.
Teachers who use a more inquiry-based approach and who create learning communities need a deep, connected understanding of mathematical concepts in order to facilitate student learning.
Adams, T.L., (Winter 2000/01) Helping Children Learn Mathematics Through Multiple Intelligences and Standards for School mathematics. Childhood Education.Making mathematical connections within mathematics, and between mathematics and other disciplines (NCTM, 1989, 2000), is important to helping children view mathematics as an applicable tool. Because children learn differently and benefit from operating within the strength of one or more intelligences, mathematical connections can help children view mathematics from different perspectives. Children also need to gain a perspective of mathematics as a body of knowledge that is related to other subjects in multiple ways. Curriculum integration is one tool for making these connections explicit.