The Picture Word Inductive Model has become a powerful approach for teaching and learning in Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. The rich photographs provide an amazing opportunity to look into a different place, culture, and experience and then connect that to the learning in those subject areas. But can it be used to support teaching and learning in Mathematics? I believe that it can. In mathematics one of the ideas teachers and students strive to achieve is the ability to connect the math in the classroom to math in the world. The PWIM photograph can provide a “window” into the world and this “window” can be opened to mathematics.
For example, in this Grade 1 photograph of a market math is everywhere. There is math in the street, in the produce, in the shapes, in the people…everywhere. As I look at the photo through a math “window” I can see several Saskatchewan Math Curriculum outcomes that could be explored and extended.
- Students can count vehicles, fruit, boxes and people and discuss why would we want to know this information.
N1.6- Estimate quantities to 20 by using referents.
- How many bananas do we think might be in the box?
N1.9- Demonstrate an understanding of addition of numbers with answers to 20 and the corresponding subtraction facts, concretely, pictorially, physically, and symbolically.
- Can we (teachers and students) use the context in the photograph to create and solve problems involving addition and subtraction?
- Example: How many white boxes plus how many brown boxes= total number of boxes?
P1.1- Demonstrate an understanding of repeating patterns (two to four elements)
- Looking at the men’s shirts what is the pattern we see? Can we recreate this pattern?
SS1.4- Compare 2-D shapes to parts of 3-D objects in the environment.
- What are the shapes we see in the photograph? How do the shapes compare?
Using PWIM photographs to extend mathematical concepts and foster connections to the real world can create a rich and powerful learning opportunity for students. By looking at your mathematics curriculum and your photo the window to mathematics in the real world can be opened.