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Teaching Math Through the Visual Arts, K-5

When Caren Holtzman and Lynn Susholtz look around a classroom, they see "a veritable goldmine of mathematical investigations" involving number, measurement, size, shape, symmetry, ratio, and proportion. They also think of the ways great artists have employed these concepts in their depictions of objects and space -- for example, Picasso's use of geometric shapes in his Cubist still lifes or contemporary artist Tara Donovan's room-sized sculptures of everyday items.

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When Caren Holtzman and Lynn Susholtz look around a classroom, they see "a veritable goldmine of mathematical investigations" involving number, measurement, size, shape, symmetry, ratio, and proportion. They also think of the ways great artists have employed these concepts in their depictions of objects and space -- for example, Picasso's use of geometric shapes in his Cubist still lifes or contemporary artist Tara Donovan's room-sized sculptures of everyday items.

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About the Author(s)

Caren Holtzman began her teaching career with Oceanside Unified School District. She was a classroom teacher (grades 2-6) for ten years. She subsequently began her work as a faculty member at the University of California San Diego's Education Studies Program (EDS).

Lynn Susholtz has been involved in art and education for the last twenty-five years. She has developed curricula for and taught in private and public schools, community centers, and social service organizations, with people of all ages and backgrounds, throughout the county of San Diego.

Table of Contents

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Face
Chapter 2: Food
Chapter 3: Grids and Graph Paper
Chapter 4: The Rock
Chapter 5: Paper
Chapter 6: The Shoe
Chapter 7: The Flag
Chapter8: The Journal
Chapter 9: The Classroom
Afterword
Bibliography
Visual Art General References
Artist Chart
Appendix
Index

Product Details

Grade Range: K-5
Media: 228 pp/paper + CD-ROM
Year: 2010
Item No: 0796
ISBN: 978-157110-796-1

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