
06560931
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2016c.00960
Kurz, Terri L.
Yanik, H. Bahadir
Lee, Mi Yeon
The geometry of scoliosis.
Teach. Child. Math. 21, No. 6, 372375 (2015).
2015
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
M62
G22
G42
mathematical applications
medicine
primary education
student activities
group work
curvature
angles
measurement
uniformity
discrepancy
http://www.nctm.org/Publications/teachingchildrenmathematics/2015/Vol21/Issue6/Thegeometryofscoliosis/
From the text: Science and mathematics often go handinhand. Using scoliosis as a context, intermediate elementary school students can explore how geometry, specifically angle measurement, plays an important role in recognizing the extent of a person's spine curvature. With the frequency of scoliosis screenings in schools and its recognition as the most common kind of spine deformity, the topic is familiar enough to integrate into a STEM lesson. In this lesson, intermediate elementary school students will devise a strategy to measure the curvature of the spine of people who are diagnosed with the condition. Students will play the role of a scientist and examine xrays of patients with scoliosis to try to determine a systematic way of measuring the curvature.