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

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9

Connections

Knowledge of any kind is of little use if it can only be used in one narrow circumstance. Suppose we watch the weather report on television and find that the temperature will be 30 °F (-1 °C) tomorrow. That is an interesting fact that we understand, but we could not utilize that information if we did not make many connections with the fact. Those connections tell us that we need to dress warmly for the day. We may have to scrape the ice on our car's windows before going to work. The dog's water needs to be checked. It might be advisable to get a road report to see if driving could be hazardous. Making connections allows us to make sense of the world we live in.

As children grow and experience life, they, too, begin to make connections in their daily lives. At times we may find the little ones amusing when they make an assumption that is incorrect, just because they have not made all the connections that more mature individuals do. An example might be that a kindergartner would rather have a handful of ten pennies than three dimes. The child has not made the connection that coins have different values, and that he or she can purchase more with the dimes than with the pennies. The handful of ten seems like much more than merely three coins.

There are three objectives that children need to work toward in making connections in mathematics.

Children should identify and use connections among the different math
concepts and ideas.

Children who are able to see the relationship between mathematical ideas will find the subject much easier to understand. Realizing that addition and subtraction are not totally different things, but rather just opposite from one another, makes both comprehensible. Understanding that multiplication is simply the repeated addition of a number takes away the mystery and foreignness of learning those [times] tables.

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#### 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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