Where Nature is the classroom

Shailendra Gupta

Maths has evolved from Nature and therefore the connection between the two is but natural. Just as Nature is all around us so is the subject of mathematics. We can find maths in our culture, festivals and in day-to-day life. If we help students see this connection then the subject will acquire a new meaning for them. From a dreaded subject it could become one of their favourites. This article is an attempt to help math teachers develop activities related to math drawn from nature and life.

Numbers in day-to-day life
We may not notice them but numbers are everywhere. They are a part of our culture, environment and day-to-day life. Why not ask children to write down all the words they know that have a number in them? For instance, the number 5 appears in words like pentagon, panchatantra and panch pandav, the number 9 lends itself to words like navratri and navratna. Dasanana and dasavataar have the number 10 in them. Such an exercise is a fun way to not only teach children numbers but also to show that numbers are an integral part of our lives.

The author is Head, Training & Development, Calorx Foundation and Head, The Calorx School, Ahmedabad. He can be reached at sgupta@calorxmail.com.

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