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elementary
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third
fourth
math art
comparisons
book 
The Math Art supplemental curriculum
has two primary goals:
 Help teachers introduce, reinforce, or expand upon the math
topics their students are required to learn.
 Generate student excitement about various math topics.
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
with
specific math education standards laid out by the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
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 substandard
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.
 Time
 Teaches
students to read the imaginary numbers by
which minutes are read on an analogue clock (5, 10, 15, etc.).
 Money 
Teaches
students
how many quarters, dimes, nickels,
and pennies make up a dollar.
 Addition 
Teaches
students how to add using base10 blocks.
 Fractions 
Introduces students to the terms used to
describe fraction denominators ("halves," "thirds," "fourths," etc.).
 Multiples
 Teaches
students how to find multiples by skip
counting and how to distinguish between "common" multiples and
"uncommon" multiples.
 The Number
Chart 
Teaches students to recognize patterns
in a number chart.
 Inch
Measurement 
Teaches students to measure in inches.
 Centimeter
Measurement  Teaches students to measure in
centimeters.
 Multiplication  Teaches students how to represent
multiplication facts as arrays.
 Square
Numbers 
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
shapes.
 Place Value 
Helps students memorize places values,
including decimal place values.
 Perpendicular
and
Parallel
Lines  Teaches students to
identify perpendicular and parallel lines.
 Angles 
Teaches
students to estimate and compare angle
measurements.
 Shapes 
Teaches
students to organize 19 shape names into
three categories.
 Similar
Triangles  Teaches students to identify similar
and congruent triangles.
 Data and
Graphs 
Teaches students how to use the same data
to make a bar graph, line graph, and circle graph.
 Prisms and
Pyramids 
Teaches students to identify
differences between prisms and pyramids. It also teaches students
to count edges, vertexes, and faces.
 Volume 
Teaches
students to calculate the volume of boxes.
 Percents 
Teaches
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 
Teaches
students to determine "real life"
distances on maps.
 Reflections,
Translations,
&
Rotations  Teaches
students to distinguish between reflections, translations, and
rotations.
 Division  Teaches
students two different ways to
understand the "divisor" in a division problem.
 Radius of a
Circle 
Teaches students how to make circles
using given radii.
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