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February 2001, Volume 7, Issue 6


Developing Number Sense: What Can Other Cultures Tell Us?
Claudia Zaslavsky
How students can develop their number sense and an appreciation of the Hindu-arabic number system by studying the number systems and counting words from cultures around the world and across time.

Exploring the Game of Julirde: A Mathematical-Educational Game Played by Fulbe Children in Cameroon
Paulus Gerdes
An example of an educational mathematical activity from Africa and suggestions for exploring this game with elementary school students.

Elastic Geometry and Storyknifing A Yup'ik Eskimo Example
Jerry Lipka, Sandra Wildfeuer, Nastasia Wahlberg, Mary George, Dafna Ezran
Describes storyknifing, a traditional cultural practice of the Yup’ik Eskimo people, then describes a related activity that delves into elastic geometry.

Kenta, Kilts, and Kimonos: Exploring Cultures and Mathematics through Fabrics
Dorothy White
Using fabrics to explore various cultures and mathematical ideas, including geometry, collecting data, and analyzing data.

Geometry through Beadwork Designs
Cathy Barkley, Saundra Cruz
A series of geometry lessons using Native American beadwork as a contextual basis.

Seeding Ethnomathematics with Oware: Sankofa
Arthur Powell, Oshon Temple
An examination of the intellectual potential of the African board game oware, known in the United States as mancala.

The Intersection of Two Unlikely Worlds: Ratios and Drums
Anthony Stevens, Janet Sharp, Becky Nelson
Describes a project in which children learned different rhythms on conga drums as an introduction to an exploration of ratio.