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Magic with Mayan Math

Shannon Overbay, Mary Brod 

February 2007, Volume 12, Issue 6, Page 340

Abstract:
Four activities that use the Mayan system of numeration in base 20. Students first learn the notation, then add, then complete magic squares in the Mayan system. These activities provide students an opportunity to rethink how we use place value and the importance of zero in our number system. Activities can be used with a wide range of abilities and age levels simultaneously since the ideas are new to most people.

Keywords:
Article
Addition and Subtraction
Algorithms
Grades 6-8
Families
Connections / Applications
Differentiated Instruction
Teacher
Lesson Plans
Problems
Student Work
Representation
Whole Numbers / Natural Numbers / Counting Numbers