Math Is a Verb: Activities and Lessons from Cultures Around the World
By Jim Barta, Ron Eglash, Cathy Barkley
“Mathematics is a verb! In Ute we do not have just one word to describe mathematics—rather, we name it as we use it. When we count, build, design, cook, hunt, or fish, we are doing mathematics.”—Fabian Jenks, a Northern Ute elder
For most people, the word mathematics is a noun. But for many people in different cultures, mathematics is not simply something they learn in school but something they do as an intrinsic part of their everyday lives.
This book is a guide for teachers who would like to enhance their mathematics instruction by integrating it with examples and activities from cultures throughout the world. It provides culturally situated examples, each linked to Common Core objectives that show how mathematics can be so much more than a story problem or an exercise in a worksheet with little or no context.
The eleven chapters provide a range of activities from around the world that teach students key math concepts while introducing them to a diversity of cultures.