Bringing Math Home: A Parent's Guide to Elementary School Math : Games + Activities + Projects

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Geometry

Geometry seems like a gigantic subject to be taught to little folks, particularly when we, as adults, remember the topic as a tangle of proofs and memorized theorems. Actually, geometry describes the world and universe all around us. Children are fascinated with the shapes they see everywhere they look. They make comparisons about how shapes are alike and how they are different. Those shapes are found in their homes, schools, playgrounds, and in nature.

Children are excited to learn that all those shapes can be measured and that all shapes, no matter how novel, take up space. As young people explore the world of shapes, they begin to describe what they discover. They learn that shapes have perimeter and area. They uncover that shapes can have shapes within them. The journey of exploring geometry in the elementary years takes them through finding shapes that are congruent or similar and the discovery of lines of symmetry. Their sense of spatial relationships is strengthened. With this exploration of shapes, children begin to see connections between counting, measurement, and other fields of mathematics. Their growing knowledge of geometry allows them to appreciate the beauty and construction of buildings and the environment around them.

As a parent, you can be an essential part of your child's exploration into the field of geometry. Take a moment to look at your own surroundings and you will be surprised at how much this particular field of mathematics permeates your everyday living. Through activities, games, and just taking the time to point out shapes you and your child see, you will strengthen your youngster's spatial sense and knowledge of the world of geometry.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Acknowledgments iii
  • Contents iv
  • Introduction v
  • How to Use This Book vii
  • Content Standards 1
  • 1: Numbers and Operations 3
  • 2: Algebra 35
  • 3: Geometry 57
  • 4: Measurement 97
  • 5: Data Analysis and Probability 129
  • Process Standards 155
  • 6: Problem Solving 157
  • 7: Reasoning and Proof 173
  • 8: Communication 181
  • 9: Connections 189
  • 10: Representation 195
  • Summing It Up 201
  • Appendix 203
  • Glossary 223
  • Bibliography 229
  • Index 230
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