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Maths, Science & Literature : Maths, Science & Literature All from the same book! Pamela Perger September 2007 English English is the study , use, and enjoyment of the English language and its literature, communicated orally, visually and in writing. (Ministry of Education, 2006, p15) : English English is the study , use, and enjoyment of the English language and its literature, communicated orally, visually and in writing. (Ministry of Education, 2006, p15) ScienceScience is a way of investigating, understanding, and explaining the natural, physical world. In order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding, and explanations, people generate and test ideas, make observations, carry out investigations, and construct models. (Ministry of Education, 2006, p20) MathematicsMathematics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space and time. Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data. (Ministry of Education, 2006, p19) Slide 3: Nature of Science Investigating in science carry out scientific investigations using a variety of approaches: - classifying & identifying - pattern seeking - exploring - investigating models - making things - developing systems Mathematics In a range of meaningful contexts, students will be engaged in knowing, doing and thinking mathematically and statistically. English Acquire - Use - Select - Integrate Sources of information, processes, and strategies with increasing confidence to identify, form, and express ideas. Slide 4: Science Nature of Science Living World Planet Earth and Beyond Physical World Material World Mathematics Number and Algebra Geometry and Measurement Statistics English Listening, Reading, Viewing Speaking, Writing, Presenting Slide 5: Tying mathematics (and science) to stories humanises the activity and also gives purpose and meaning to mathematics (and science) for both teacher and children. Literature then can provide a link between the complexity of the world around us and the highly structured disciplines of mathematics (and science). Books You Can Count On: Linking Mathematics and Literature by R. Griffiths & M. Clyne (1988) p5 Maths, Science and Literature : Maths, Science and Literature Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown One Hungry Spider by Jeannie Baker The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Is A Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? by Robert Wells Other Areas of Maths & Science : Other Areas of Maths & Science Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen The Little Yellow Digger by Betty & Alan Gilderdale Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda & David Armitage Mr Archimedes’ Bath by Pamela Allen Fact as Well as Fiction : Fact as Well as Fiction Lighter on the Moon by Jeanne & Bradley Weaver The Eiffel Tower by Rachel Griffiths My Place in Space by Robin & Sally Hirst Natures Mathematical Marvels by James Burnett & Calvin Irons In The Next Three Seconds by Rowland Morgan ‘Traditional Tales’ with a Twist : ‘Traditional Tales’ with a Twist Kiss and Tell - The Frog Prince Loafing About - The Little Red Hen A Thumble Abode - Tom Thumb Over Eager Orge - Puss n’ Boots A Turnip for the Books - The Great Big Enormous Turnip Breaking and Entering - Golidlocks and the Three Bears Second Guess - Rumpelstiltskin Reference : Traditional Tales with a Mathematical Twist By Vince Wright Maths, Science and Literature : Maths, Science and Literature Counting One Frank by Rod Clement Math Curse by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Don Daily PLEASE : PLEASE When developing activities / investigations from literature: Develop or look for activities that arise naturally from the texts and which lead to some scientific or mathematical thinking and development. Do not trivialize the mathematics or science concepts. Do not force the issue to the extent that the story is ruined for children but be alert for possibilities. Not all books should be followed by a science or maths activity.

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