Written by Jaine Kopp, with Kimi Hosoume
From postage stamps to bottle caps, a child's precious collections
are natural starting points for guided exploration and mathematics
activites, and can galvanize discussion of environmental concepts.
In this engaging, innovative series of mathematics activities,
children create personal collections of recycled, "found,"
and inexpensive objects and investigate their properties, calling
many important science and math skills into play.
Six main activities are outlined for teachers with clear, step-by-step
directions, complete with assessment outlines and "going
further" suggestions. The activities build on one another
to allow students to develop their abilities in many areas of
math and science. Challenges that require careful observation,
sorting and classification, logical thinking, graphing, and
analyzing data are woven throughout this unit.
Treasure Boxes makes a natural complement to the GEMS
guides Sifting Through Science
and Investigating Artifacts.
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Praise for Treasure Boxes
"I like how the children share in collecting, sorting and
setting up the boxes. The correlation of each activity with
computer programs and with childrenís literature is excellent.
The inclusion of a section on literature connections provides
a wonderful resource.... Treasure Boxes is a well-designed,
teacher-friendly program. I highly recommend it as a supplemental
resource in early-childhood and elementary classes."
Teaching Children Mathematics, March 1999
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