Joey loves things that fold: maps, beds, accordions. His interest in foldables increases after watching his classmate's mother turn an ordinary piece of paper into a beautiful origami crane. Joey sets out to learn origami. However, not everyone appreciates the amount of practice it takes to become an origami master. Especially since Joey has taken to folding his homework, his mother's money, and his sister's sheet music. Luckily, Joey finds a way to fold to his heart's content and becomes the origami master he set out to be.
Weltman has masterfully curated a collection of activities that open doors to profound and curious mathematical questions. Some of these questions are written into the text ("Did you know you can fit an infinite number of circles into a finite space?" Wait. WHAT?!), however most questions Weltman magically tucks away inside unmade art waiting to be created and discovered by the reader.
This week's book added tangrams into our math story time. The tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. In this NPR article*,... Continue Reading →
With over 110 titles, Hoban's books for children are well-known and loved throughout the world. Her books help children explore the world by introducing concepts such as counting, shape, machines, colors, animals and textures.
This is a book of shapes. There are Triangles, Diamonds, and Spirals, Oh my! But there is much, much more. This book is about learning how to be a geometer (and more generally how to be a mathematical thinker).