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That’s not a Beagle, a Silly Study of Attributes

The story of a neighborly extraterrestrial visitor in a search of a little boy’s lost beagle leads us to study attributes and grouping into sets. Because attributes are the characteristics that define everything, as the helpful alien learns what attributes make a beagle a beagle, children also learn to describe what a beagle is, what it is not, and what characteristics they might use to group beagles.

M. W. Penn

45 Minute Program

 

$180


Attributes are especially important in early childhood mathematics because understanding how objects can share similar traits and features allows young children to sort large groups into smaller, more manageable groupings. Once they grasp the core concept that similar traits help us gather certain objects together, sorting by attributes leads to the concept of sets.

After we read the story, That's Not a Beagle, children use tables from the book to categorize different objects in the book, and then create diagrams of sets that share the same characteristic. We move on to examples of simple geometric shapes in a final lesson on recognizing similar attributes and sorting into sets.

The session also affords children the opportunity to meet with an award winning author who studied mathematics, wrote software and software documentation, and designed data base systems.

About the Author

An engaging story, a rollicking rhyme, a riddle in a poem, a basic concept of mathematics…. WAIT. Stop right there. We all love the joys of literature: a good story, a bouncy rhyme. But polygons? Computation? FRACTIONS? MW Penn is an award winning author and poet, and also a mathematician who designed software systems for AT&T, the University of Florida and the FDA. Now she writes children’s books centered on basic concepts of mathematics with titles such as Square Bear, a fairy tale of polygons; Sidney the Silly Who Only Eats 6, an award winning story of number comparison; Peter Pattern, who explores pattern and order; and the Capstone series, Pebble Math.

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