What is mathematics? Some say the mathematics is what we do in class at school or maybe what mathematicians do but mathematics is much more than that!

A mathematician named Alan Bishop has said that mathematics is counting, measuring, and locating. When you design, explain or play with counting, measuring or locating, you are doing math. This is common to all cultures. If you think of mathematics in this way, you might begin to see it all around you. Be a mathematician and explore measuring!

Measuring is about comparing and ordering things that are important. All cultures recognize the importance of certain things; but, they do not necessarily value the same things to the same extent. All cultures use things as measuring instruments with associated units or ‘measure-words’.

Measuring develops the language of quantifiers, units, and measurement systems. For your contest entry, here are some other measuring ideas that you might choose to explore:

comparing (more than, less than, heaviest, longer, faster, slowest etc.)

ordering (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.)

length

area

volume

time

temperature

weight

development of units - conventional, standard, metric system

non-standard units

measuring instruments

estimation

approximation

error

position

Get creative!

Explore measuring and tell me about it through posters, presentations, videos, art projects, or anyway you can think of to “Show Me Your Math!.”

Honouring Traditions: Making Connections with Mathematics through Culture
Using a non-standardized system of measurement in the Yup'ik culture of Alaska, the article explains how this traditional system can help create connections between mathematical concepts and how these concepts are used in the world outside the classroom.

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## Measuring

What is mathematics? Some say the mathematics is what we do in class at school or maybe what mathematicians do but mathematics is much more than that!

A mathematician named Alan Bishop has said that mathematics is counting,

measuring, and locating. When you design, explain or play with counting,measuringor locating, you are doing math. This is common to all cultures. If you think of mathematics in this way, you might begin to see it all around you. Be a mathematician and exploremeasuring!Measuringis about comparing and ordering things that are important. All cultures recognize the importance of certain things; but, they do not necessarily value the same things to the same extent. All cultures use things as measuring instruments with associated units or ‘measure-words’.Measuring develops the language of quantifiers, units, and measurement systems. For your contest entry, here are some other measuring ideas that you might choose to explore:

Get creative!

Explore

measuringand tell me about it through posters, presentations, videos, art projects, or anyway you can think of to “Show Me Your Math!.”## Samples

## Yukon Samples

## Snowsnake

## Samples From Other Jurisdictions

Using a non-standardized system of measurement in the Yup'ik culture of Alaska, the article explains how this traditional system can help create connections between mathematical concepts and how these concepts are used in the world outside the classroom.

## Other Resources