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Numbers in Our Daily Life
2010/1/8 17:30
From Beijing
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In order to service you better, the Institute will be posting activties on a monthly basis for teachers that want to apply MI in the classrooms and parents that want to conduct MI activities at homes.  These activities are pulled from our partner schools and are written by researchers and experienced educators.  We welcome your comments and additions to the activity list to enrich the community.

Activity Title

Numbers in Our Daily Life

Triggered Intelligences

*    Linguistic Intelligence
*    Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

Suggested Ages

*    Three
*    Four

Learning Domains

*    Mathematical Thinking
*    Language and Literacy

Learning Objectives

• Attach meaning to number symbols
• Describe size/weight relationships
• Pose questions and gather data about themselves and their surroundings during Free Choice Time at school and at home
• Ask and answer questions

Materials and Equipment

1. A camera


1. Take some photos of numbers in our daily lives (out of the classroom), such as number plates on cars, street numbers, numbers on price tags in stores, etc.


1. Talk with children about the numbers in our daily lives, for example the sizes on their shoes. Invite children to gather their shoes and compare the sizes and numbers.
2. Invite children to look for numbers in your classroom, such as numbers on the clock, and page numbers on books. Encourage them to talk about the use of these numbers. We use numbers for showing the price and telling time. Numbers make it more convenient to find the things we need and easier to calculate.
3. Encourage them to think about other places that we use numbers. You can show them the photos you took to inspire them.
4. Have your children think about what our lives would be like without numbers.


When children are engaged in this activity, your questions and suggested inquiries should not be limited to the examples below. Think beyond the suggestions given to talk with children. Have real life conversations about the activity they are participating in so you can gain an understanding of what they already know and what they might want to know more about.

Reading time on a watch, circling a date on a calendar, checking the mileage on a car, attending to roll-call at school, keeping score in a game, reading a recipe in the kitchen - the list is just endless if one goes on to note down the situations when our computational skills, or more specifically, simple mathematics comes to play in our daily lives.
This activity can help children focus on the numbers in our daily lives and recognize the use and importance of them. Teachers can take this opportunity to inspire children’s interest in math, and foster an attitude of “attention to detail” in daily life.


We would love to hear your feedback and discussion on the following questions:
What is "MI" about this?
What else would you do to study numbers?
Are there other activities relating to numbers?

Posted on: 2010/8/17 18:44

Edited by admin on 2010/8/20 13:53:04
Re: Numbers in Our Daily Life
Just popping in
2010/8/27 21:17
From indore
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At my Centre for Child Development we introduce the concept of numbers by getting things which are same,say 2 balls,3cars and so on.We make the kids sit around a table, we ask them if they can see any toys on the table,encouraging their responses.Then we introduce the concept that when nothing is there we call it "zero',we then show them flashcard of 0.After that one toy is kept on table,they are asked and then introduce concept of no 1,and so on till no 5 gradually till 10.To reinforce we take them to count things around the class,then from books,this is after the concept of nos,recognition becomes clear.Another game which is favourite of kids is we prepare a really big dice using a cardboard box on which first only pictures corresponding to numbers are there say 1 tree,2 balls etc.The dice is rolled & thrown in the middle,once the children count the number of things they have to perform a action say clap,stamp their feet etc,ex- if 3 cars can be seen then clap 3 times.This is loved by kids who are active,love to learn by hands on way.this way bodily kinaesthetic,visual intelligence come in play also. In another activity we make the children stand with their back towards the wall then all have to first strech right hand in front then left when teacher calls out.After that teacher helps them to count the hands by drawing stars on hands.Also helps to reinforce left and right hand concepts. Another game which is famous in India is snakes & ladders,for which we either get it painted on the ground or make a huge cardboard cutout which we paste on ground,initially we limit the numbers to 20.the child throws the big dice made of cardboard ,they have to pick up that many things from the basket on which their marker lands after they get the number and move that many places.Same way we have a traditional game of numbers called "pachisi "where special board is there which somewhat resembles ludo,which I have modified using numbers and pictures,& which can be played using markers.Helps in number recognition,linguistic skills. By Neelakshi Chetas Centre for Child Development

Posted on: 2010/8/27 22:02

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