It has been one of my goals this year to make math authentic, when and where possible. To make it a hands-on, active, and practical. To not just be numbers on a page filled with hypothetical situations, but to have the problems come to life. It’s not the only way we practice math but it is part of our repertoire.
My hope is that by making math real, when students do encounter the hypothetical, they will have a context for their understanding. They will see the relevance because they’ve experienced it.
One of the ways we have begun to do this is through sewing. As we go, the process of creating through sewing has brought many grade four curriculum expectations to life and provided many opportunities for prompting students’ thinking.
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