Primary Math Lesson Idea
One red apple, two green pencils, three friends? Learning to count and match objects to a numeral is essential to beginning math skills. Younger students enjoy counting books, so creating a counting book of their very own is exciting for them.
In this project, students use iPhoto to create their own counting books. After reading several counting books, the class comes up with a list of objects that can illustrate each number to 10. Working in pairs or individually, students use a digital camera to take photos of sets of objects to use in their book. Students import their photos into iPhoto and create a counting photo book with text identifying the numerals and the objects. After they have completed their book, they also pick one of the numbers or objects in their book and write a story about it. Students print their book and take it home to share with their family members. The teacher can create one class iPhoto photo book with one or more photos from each student.
Note: Depending on the grade and skill level of the students, assistance may be needed with the activities in this project.
Macintosh computers, digital cameras, printer, iPhoto, AppleWorks, white
posterboard (for background for photos)
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