Magazine article Teaching Children Mathematics

To Market, to Market. (Computer Materials)

Magazine article Teaching Children Mathematics

To Market, to Market. (Computer Materials)

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To Market, to Market, 2001, gr. pre-K-2. Two CD-ROMs and teacher's guide. Requirements: At least 100 MHz Pentium computer, Windows 98 or higher 32 MB hard-disk space, 4x CD-ROM drive, $59. Learning in Motion, 500 Seabright Ave., Ste. 105, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3481, (800) 560-5670, www learn.motion.com/.

This engaging computer software is designed for the youngest mathematicians and is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation. The setting is a farmer's market, and our hosts are Ms. Butterfly, Mr. Dragonfly, and Ollie the Octopus. Each creature has a stand with three levels of number-related mathematics challenges for students to solve. Ms. Butterfly needs help comparing sets and deciding which has more or fewer objects. At Mr. Dragonfly's stand, the student needs to help two shoppers make changes to sets of objects to make one equal to, greater than, or less than the other. At Ollie's stand, students need to adjust a customer's "order" to make it more than, less than, or equal to the preceding order. Students earn tickets for correct answers at each stand and level. After twenty correct answers, students earn a mathematics machine that can be used in Jamal's movie production studio. In a fifth area, the viewing stage, students can share their mathematics movie creations, and record feedback and comments on others' work.

This software offers considerably more mathematics than many commercial programs. Its mathematical content is guided by research in early development of number sense and the NCTM's Standards, and the artists and programmers have created a context that most four- to eight-year-olds will find intriguing. The software was easily installed by following directions in the manual, and the opening screen provided enough of a prompt for Wyeth, my seven-year-old assistant, to begin pointing and clicking his way into the marketplace. …

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