From
Toothpicks to Treetops:
Quantity and Space in Mathematics

Rita J. Corbett

Date
Available:

11 January 2007

ISBN:

1 74101 713 0

Code:

CO7130

RRP:

$45.95

Format:

A4, spiral bound, soft cover, 270pp

Age
Range:

Prep to Year 9

Category

Maths, Problem Solving, Thinking
Skills

Key selling points:

• Easy to read and follow
chapter layouts
• Applies maths skills to the ‘Real World’
• Encourages cooperative learning
• Clear student activities for Primary Levels and Middle Years
• Encourages students to use higher order thinking skills
• Useful teacher example figures visualising the each concept

Summary:

From Toothpicks to Treetops
serves the needs of the maths whiz and the non-mathematically
inclined alike by exploring and applying mathematical constructs
to everyday situations. It outlines four ways students can
begin to engage in problem solving: identification, comparison,
combination and separation. Each method is used to reveal
connections between mathematical thoughts, topics and applications.
Activities are included at the end of each chapter to help
students understand the relationship of mathematics and their
surroundings. Expand students’ mathematical thinking
and increase their ability to communicate this thinking meaningfully
in different areas of mathematics, including:
• Number Sense
• Operations
• Algebra
• Geometry
• Measurement
• Problem Solving

Supporting resources:
Open-Ended Maths Tasks (HA1784)
Differentiating Maths Instruction (CO7416)
Integrating Thinking in Maths (INA8307)
Key Concepts in Mathematics (CO7475)
Brain Compatible Mathematics (4330)
Integrating Mathematics Across the Curriculum (4940)
Multiple Intelligences in the Mathematics Classroom (4782)