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Geometry Comes Alive with Cultural Explorations
Author: Jeanne Lazzarini, RAFT Math Educator/R&D Specialist
Here’s how I get third graders excited about geometry in the real world: we begin our investigation in the Empathize phase by looking at videos and artifacts of different Native American figures, Navajo blanket and basket designs, dream catchers, Kachina dolls, etc., listening to background traditional Native American Indian flute music. We examine not only the various geometric shapes in the cultural adornments, but also the stories, associations and the values that they represent. Continue reading here.
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Students connect letters with their related sounds and will enjoy creating and learning new words with this engaging activity.
Grades Covered: Pre–K-3
Subjects Covered: Language Arts
Curriculum topics: Letter Recognition, Primary Spelling, Phonics, Following Directions
Download Idea Sheet here.