Unit 9 – Day 1 (Lv2)

Please complete the following before our next class:

Pg. 164 – Exercise C

Pg. 165-6 – Reading 1 Vocabulary

Pg. 166-167 – Read “Cultural Differences in Counting”

Pg. 168-9 – Main Ideas and Details

Also, prepare to answer the following discussion questions in class:

  • Do you like doing math? Why or why not?
  • Do you think math is important?
  • What are examples of how you use math in life? (Ex. adding up purchases when shopping)
  • What are examples of how math makes modern life possible? (Ex. Math is used when designing buildings.)

Math on the chalkboard

Questions to guide your reading: Cultural Differences in Counting

  • Are numbers and math the same all over the world?
  • How do people in the United States count on their fingers?
    • What’s the opposite way of counting with one’s fingers?
    • How do people in China count with their hands?
  • How do cultures and languages differ when it comes to numbers?
    • How do we know cultures and languages differ in this way?
  • How did scientists test the aboriginal children?
  • Why were their findings significant?
  • Where else was a similar study done? With whom?
  • What did researchers learn about the Pirahã?
  • How do the Pirahã express quantities?
  • Do the Pirahã use numbers at all?
  • Why do some languages have number words while others don’t?

See you in class!