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Title of the Experience
Mathematics in the bakery
Name of the teacher
Anna Bańkowska
Country where it took place
School typology
Primary school
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class, Extracurricular activity
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
When I was visiting a nearby bakery with my students I did not think that the result will also be mathematical education. Because at the end of the visit, each of the students received 1 loaf of bread and 2 rolls, it gave us an idea for a game at math. In class we played weighing "without scales". We have only information about the weight of one loaf of bread and one roll. The pupils were to calculate how many kg of bread the whole class got. And then in groups they created tasks on the basis of the data, which I gave to them. One of the groups calculated only the weight of the rolls, another one the weight of loaves of bread. We also compared what and how much heavier or lighter is than the other items. Children who have a problem with creating or understanding the contents of the task presented data in the form of drawings. Thanks to this each task was precisely visualized in the form of drawings. This significantly affected the equal participation of all students in the exercises. Children have played, and at the same time consolidated their knowledge. By creating tasks they developed their imagination, and above all, improved the ability of mathematical thinking.

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Date: 2014.10.09

Posted by Aleksandra Pilc (Poland)

A great example how brilliant idea is to let children create the tasks. We impose the topic or activity and they create the tasks. Children imagination has no limits. Recently in the 4th grade we worked on division with remainder. Solving examples did not give expected result. When I started to add word "zloty"(Polish currency) after each number children started to understand. As homework, students had to arrange the two tasks with the contents showing examples solved in class. The next day many students have told me that the homework helped them to understand the division with remainder.

Date: 2014.09.29

Posted by Aleksandra Pilc (Poland)

Świetny przykład na to, jak genialnym pomysłem jest układanie przez dzieci zadań. My narzucamy im temat lub działanie a oni układają do tego zadania. Wyobraźnia dzieci nie ma granic. Ostatnio w klasie 4 pracowaliśmy nad dzieleniem z resztą. Rozwiązywanie samych przykładów nie przynosiło efektów. Gdy zaczęłam zamiast samych liczb dodawać na końcu każdej słowo "złotych" dzieciom trochę się rozjaśniło. Jako pracę domową mieli ułożyć po dwa zadania z treścią obrazujące przykłady rozwiązane na lekcji. Na następny dzień wielu uczniów powiedziało mi, że ta praca domowa pomogła im zrozumieć dzielenie z resztą.


Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.