If there's one question that every math teacher has gotten in their lives, it's "Why does math matter?"
We learn to read and see words everywhere. We learn a language and can then talk to new people. We see and experience science, music, art, and history. But what about math? Where does math show up in the real world?
Often, the problem is that students see math as rules to follow and equations to solve. But math is a language, a way of thinking, and an expression of our humanity.
And where better to see humanity on full display than at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the fourth largest museum in the world with objects dating from the 8th millennium BC to today? Here are three ways that teaching math through art from The Met can enhance your students' learning experience.
Activity 1: Create Your Own Writing System (Grades 3–5)
The Met's collection goes back in history. Way back. This necklace, for example, is more than 4,000 years old!
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