||The Math Art supplemental curriculum
has two primary goals:
All of the Math Art lessons are designed to ensure that the second of
these goals is not achieved at the expense of the first. For starters,
each activity has been aligned
specific math education standards laid out by the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
- Help teachers introduce, reinforce, or expand upon the math
topics their students are required to learn.
- Generate student excitement about various math topics.
However, it is not enough for any
supplemental math book to rely solely on NCTM alignment as evidence of
an ability to teach specific math concepts. This is because many of the
NCTM’s standards are conceptually broad. (For instance, a sub-standard
of “Communication” states that students should be able to “organize and
consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication.”) In
order for supplemental lessons to be useful in the classroom, they
should also explicitly state their purpose using precise language.
Therefore, below you will find specific learning objectives for each of
the lessons in the book.
students to read the imaginary numbers by
which minutes are read on an analogue clock (5, 10, 15, etc.).
- Money -
how many quarters, dimes, nickels,
and pennies make up a dollar.
- Addition -
students how to add using base-10 blocks.
- Fractions -
Introduces students to the terms used to
describe fraction denominators ("halves," "thirds," "fourths," etc.).
students how to find multiples by skip
counting and how to distinguish between "common" multiples and
- The Number
Teaches students to recognize patterns
in a number chart.
Teaches students to measure in inches.
Measurement - Teaches students to measure in
- Multiplication - Teaches students how to represent
multiplication facts as arrays.
Teaches students why a square number is
called a square number.
- Symmetry - Teaches
students how to make symmetrical designs
and how to distinguish between vertical symmetry, horizontal symmetry,
and rotational symmetry.
- Perimeter -
Teaches students how to determine the perimeter
of complex shapes.
- Area -
Teaches students to determine the area of complex
- Place Value -
Helps students memorize places values,
including decimal place values.
Lines - Teaches students to
identify perpendicular and parallel lines.
- Angles -
students to estimate and compare angle
- Shapes -
students to organize 19 shape names into
Triangles - Teaches students to identify similar
and congruent triangles.
- Data and
Teaches students how to use the same data
to make a bar graph, line graph, and circle graph.
- Prisms and
Teaches students to identify
differences between prisms and pyramids. It also teaches students
to count edges, vertexes, and faces.
- Volume -
students to calculate the volume of boxes.
- Percents -
students to convert fractions into
decimals and percents.
- Fractions of
a Set -
Introduces students to the idea of
fractions as parts of sets.
- Map Scale -
students to determine "real life"
distances on maps.
Rotations - Teaches
students to distinguish between reflections, translations, and
- Division - Teaches
students two different ways to
understand the "divisor" in a division problem.
- Radius of a
Teaches students how to make circles
using given radii.
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