If you want to be present - mentally, anyway - for a unique numerical moment that won't come our way again for another century:
02:03:04 on 05/06/07
Full story here.
All righty then - how about some neat mathematical ideas for the kids on this interesting occasion? A look at numerical patterns in nature, perhaps? (Fibonacci, anyone?)
Here's a quote from the article linked above:
"There are numerical patterns in nature all around us," says Edward Burger, who teaches mathematics at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. "Some are more significant and some are more beautiful than others. And this one is a silly one."
Silly, maybe, but kind of cool!
And this reminds me, though I'm not sure why - maybe just early morning hyper-caffeinated free-association here - of a book we read last year that was a wonderful supplement to our math and history studies:
Now, I'm not a real math person (English major here!) so anytime I can link math with other subjects like literature, history, nature, science - it's a bonus for me.
Other fun mathematical books:
- Sir Cumference series (Crackerjack loves these)
- Anno books
- Each Orange Had 8 Slices
- One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
- Spaghetti and Meatballs for All
- One Hundred Hungry Ants
- How Much is a Million? (our favorite!)
- If You Made a Million
- Millions to Measure
Bookworm (6th grade) liked these very much:
Lots of great math ideas here:
- MacBeth's Math Opinion
- Living Math!
- Homeschool Math Blog
- Living and Loving Numbers at the 4Real Forums
I'm ordering this one today:
I'd love to hear about your favorite math resources! Please leave a comment if you have a resource or activity idea to share.
And in the meantime, have a fabulous weekend, my friends!