Synopses & Reviews
Math, history, art, and world cultures come together in this delightful book for kids, even for those who find traditional math lessons boring. More than 70 games, puzzles, and projects encourage kids to hone their math skills as they calculate, measure, and solve problems. The games span the globe, and many have been played for thousands of years, such as three-in-a-row games like Achi from Ghana or the forbidden game of Jirig from Mongolia. Also included are imaginative board games like Lambs and Tigers from India and the Little Goat Game from Sudan, or bead and string puzzles from China, and Möbius strip puzzles from Germany. Through compelling math play, children will gain confidence and have fun as they learn about the different ways people around the world measure, count, and use patterns and symmetry in their everyday lives.
"If I were to buy only one resource to provide myriad activities throughout the school year, I would choose this book." (Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School on Math Games and Activities from Around the World)
"A splendidly sneaky way of countering math anxiety." (Hungry Mind Review on Math Games and Activities from Around the World)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-157).
About the Author
Claudia Zaslavsky has been a math teacher and math teacher's teacher since 1959 and was one of the first educators to emphasize multicultural perspectives in math. She is the author of 13 books, including Math Games & Activities from Around the World, Number Sense and Nonsense, Africa Counts and Multicultural Math.
Table of Contents
Three-in-a-row games -- More board games -- How people use numbers -- Is there a lucky number? -- How people measure -- Puzzles with dots, string, and paper strips -- Symmetry and similarity of designs -- Repeated patterns.