Building a Fish Rack Curriculum Kit (Grade 6)
Part of the Math in a Cultural Context series, Building a Fish Rack helps sixth graders solve open-ended problems and complete problem-solving projects relating to two-dimensional shapes. By learning how to build a traditional Yup’ik Eskimo fish rack, students prove that their model is in fact a rectangle, determine the area for a variety of shapes as well as type of shape, and investigate perimeter problems. Students formulate questions, engage in hands-on learning, and present their solutions verbally, numerically, graphically, geometrically, and symbolically. Communications is emphasized in this module as students talk and listen within their groups and with the entire class about the progress of their project.
Repeated research trials of the Math in a Cultural Context series have shown improved students’ math performance when compared to similar groups of students who have used the school’s regular curriculum.
This curriculum kit includes a CD-ROM, teacher’s text, and three posters.
For information on other products in the Math in a Cultural Context series, see Going to Egg Island.
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