Middle School
History & Social Studies2 more

Integrating the History of Math into the Classroom

Including the history of mathematics into your math courses not only helps students' math communication skills but also helps students better appreciate math itself. Here are easy ways to incorporate the history of math into your lessons seamlessly and show students that math is a fluid concept that has a past, present, and a future.
A Collection By AD McDaniel
  • 5 Collection Items
  • 5 Collection Items
  • Discussion
Integrating the History of Math into the Classroom
  • AD McDaniel says:
    Give your students the opportunity to step in the shoes of a historical mathematician and consider the same questions that had them stumped for generations. This activity guides you through helping students consider some of the most famous paradoxes in math history.
  • AD McDaniel says:
    To lend a more tangible and concrete view to the uses of mathematics throughout historical cultures, architecture is a great lens to look through. These lesson plans provide activities for students to use their knowledge of volume, perimeter and more in the ways many historical cultures did – to design and create architecture for government structures.
  • AD McDaniel says:
    This website is a godsend for quickly researching the contributions of nearly every culture in the world to mathematics. It contains links to well-organized ancient math history and is neatly sorted by culture.
  • AD McDaniel says:
    For the young – or young at heart – student, this 7-minute, highly entertaining video explains the contributions of cultures around the world to mathematical understanding in the form of a fun cartoon.
  • AD McDaniel says:
    Is incorporating the history of mathematics even necessary? Using a Singapore classroom as the research site, this study explains why incorporating the history of mathematics into your math courses is not only interesting but also helps create better math students.
BloomBoard SparkOther Cross-Curricular
BloomBoard Asks:How do you think helping students understand the history of math can help your students become better math students?