NCTM – San Francisco


Session 3 – Thursday 14 April

Mathematical Thinking across the Curriculum

Deborah Leslie, Jeanne Di Domenico, Liz Lehman

CSMSE University of Chicago

” Maths in everyday life doesn’t always come neatly packaged as a math problem.  How can other subject area provide opportunities for engaging in mathematical thinking and practices? Explore the ways that science and engineering activities provide opportunities for young learners to engage in maths, with a focus on the use of mathematical practices.”

Sliding Pennies

What can make a penny start moving?

What can make a penny slow down or stop moving ?

If you were to design a giant slide for a new adventure park…

  • what materials would you use for a wild ride?
  • what materials would you use for a tamer experience?
  • What else would you need to think about? What other data might you want to gather?

We were given – a paper slide, foil , greaseproof (wax) paper, felt, sandpaper  and a recording sheet

The penny travelled the furthest on the NSW numeracy continuum!!

We needed to find the average or middle value, comparing data across groups, fair test conversations, vocabulary

Discussion on what maths and science concepts


Looked at the connections between Common Core SMPs (Standards for Mathematical Practice) and SEPS ( Science and Engineering Practices)



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