According to the National Center for Education Statistics in 2003, geometry was one area of weakness among American students.
Origami has been found to strengthen an understanding of geometric concepts, formulas, and labels, making them come alive.
Thinking Skills
Origami excites other modalities of learning. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning.
Fractions
Folding paper can demonstrate the fractions in a tactile way.
Problem Solving
Often in assignments, there is one set answer and one way to get there. Origami provides children an opportunity to solve something that isn't prescribed and gives them a chance to make friends with failure (i.e. trial and error).
Origami is a fun way to explain physics concepts. A thin piece of paper is not very strong, but if you fold it like an accordion it will be.
Researchers have found that students who use origami in math perform better.
STEAM
While schools are still catching up to the idea of origami as a STEAM engine (the merging of these disciplines), origami is already being used to solve tough problems in technology.
Additionally, the National Science Foundation, one of the government's largest funding agencies, has supported a few programs that link engineers with artists to use origami in designs. The ideas range from medical forceps to foldable plastic solar panels.
Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science.
A superb maths game set in a vast magical world, reminiscent of the early Final Fantasy games. Complete the challenges and battle with monsters by answering maths questions. There is a teacher's dashboard so you can set up and track the progress of your students. Questions are age appropriate and adapt to the ability of the child to keep them moving on.
A site with a collection of maths videos designed to get students drawing graphs. Watch the motion of objects or values on scale in the videos and plot the numbers. The videos have the correct answers at the end.
Rangoli based symmetry exercise - An activity based on Rangoli Patterns to provide opportunities for illustrating reflective and rotational symmetry of order 4.
This is a maths game site which is reminiscent of a Zelda role-playing game. Choose the maths skill to wish to practise and battle through a range of adventures. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
A useful flash fractions activity. You can either read fractions or make equivalents. A good resource for whiteboards. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
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