In 4KM and 4KJ, we love to connect and learn with our friends around the world.
In February 2013 we launched a global project called Our World, Our Numbers.
We have a blog http://ourworldournumbers.edublogs.org where we met up with our blogging buddies to learn together for 12 weeks.
In late 2011, many of us worked on an award winning global project called Our World, Our Stories. This latest project is based on a similar format with a mathematical focus.
The students are all from primary (elementary) classes and are from three different continents and five countries.
Mr Avery’s sixth grade class from Massachusetts, USA
Mrs Monaghan’s 3/4 class, Room with a View, from England
Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan’s grade four class, 4KM and 4KJ, from Victoria, Australia
Mrs McKenzie’s 2/3 class, B4, from New Zealand
Mrs Yollis’ 2/3 class from California, USA
Mr Salsich’s third grade class from Connecticut, USA
Mrs Watson’s K/1/2/3 class from Canada
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How will it work?
Students from all classes will connect and collaborate by sharing their mathematical lives. This will happen through the blog and involve a variety of media.
A different class will “lead” a mathematical topic every week or so, publishing posts and replying to comments. The other classes will read the posts, possibly publish their own posts, and leave blog comments.
We will share topics such as currency, seasons, time zones, population data etc.
Through blog posts, the students will teach each other about different aspects of mathematics based on aspects of their own culture.
The learning will continue in the commenting section where students, teachers and parents will engage in conversations to explore mathematical and cultural topics further.
Students will gain an understanding of mathematics through the eyes of children in different countries and cultures. They will make comparisons and contrasts between their lives and other students’ lives.
There will be a concluding celebration to the project in mid-May 2013!