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Cutting, and Folding Activities with Paper (for classes I - VII)

Abstract

Sowell after analysing sixty studies between 1954 and 1984 found that the long-term use of concrete instructional materials enhances achievement and improves students’ attitudes toward mathematics if the teachers are knowledgeable about the use of concrete materials1. Sowell also found that long-term use of manipulatives was more effective than short-term use. Lack of commercial availability or adequate finances can be overcome by using manipulatives that are readily available. In this paper we suggest some activities with paper cutting and folding that can be used for enhancing communication, understanding of concepts and reasoning in geometry and fractions. The activities also provide opportunities for exploration of ideas, verification of results, and creativity and can be integrated with the art of origami. We have restricted to the topics in NCERT 2005 syllabus.

Paper contributed by Harinder Mahajan (nee Nanda)

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