Euclid Elementary teachers Gayle Dubofsky and Patricia McSweeney were awarded a $9,500 Leonard Koch Grant for Mathematics from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education to implement the project, Have Math Will Travel. The project will focus on the connection between abstract mathematical concepts and mapping as students participate in everyday life experiences while traveling.
Each child will receive a suitcase containing math and mapping manipulatives at the beginning of the school year and use it while traveling around school and town to complete in-class activities and at-home projects with family members. Students will create passports and keep them in the suitcases to be stamped upon the completion of each trip. After using an atlas, map, and appropriate math skills to navigate around town, children will also learn how to use a Global Position System.
Families will be invited to “Counting Around Town Night” at midyear where they will accompany students and engage in interactive math and mapping activities throughout the building.
More skills will be incorporated into walking trips that children will take into town during the second half of the school year.
A culminating “Counting Around the Town Night” will be planned for families to go on a scavenger hunt in town following mathematical directions and maps.
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