Math Catcher - the Small Number films

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The Math Catcher Outreach program aims to promote mathematics and scholarship in general by encouraging elementary and high school students to recognize how math is used in everyday life and how it forms the basis for many of our daily decisions and life-long choices. To promote mathematics among Aboriginal learners they have created a series of stories with mathematical themes. These stories are based on the storytelling tradition of Aboriginal peoples. The fact that all of the stories have been translated into several Aboriginal languages is probably the biggest recognition that the authors could hope for.

Small Number and the Kit Foxes - English

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

The full moon rose over the horizon and lit up the grasslands, which had a light dusting from the winter snow that had fallen the day before. Moonlight streamed in through the front window and lit up the room where Small Number, his sister Perfect Number, and their cousins were sitting around the fireplace talking about the new pair of kit foxes that had been settled that day near the rocks beside the creek way out by the furthest edge of their grandparents' ranch.

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Video
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Small Number and the Basketball Tournament – Sliammon

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief. Twice a week, after school, he goes with his friends to the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. There the boys first have a snack and then they do mathematics for half an hour. Sometimes they do algebra in their workbooks, but usually they play mathematical games. They also love playing basketball in the Centre’s gym and wish to enter a tournament. Small Number demonstrates how a basic understanding of combinatorics can help in all aspects of life, even basketball!

Document type: 
Video
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Video - Sliammon Version Small Number and the Basketball Tournament

Small Number and the Basketball Tournament - Blackfoot

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief. Twice a week, after school, he goes with his friends to the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. There the boys first have a snack and then they do mathematics for half an hour. Sometimes they do algebra in their workbooks, but usually they play mathematical games. They also love playing basketball in the Centre’s gym and wish to enter a tournament. Small Number demonstrates how a basic understanding of combinatorics can help in all aspects of life, even basketball!

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video - Blackfoot Version Small Number and the Basketball Tournament

Small Number and the Basketball Tournament - Cree

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief. Twice a week, after school, he goes with his friends to the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. There the boys first have a snack and then they do mathematics for half an hour. Sometimes they do algebra in their workbooks, but usually they play mathematical games. They also love playing basketball in the Centre’s gym and wish to enter a tournament. Small Number demonstrates how a basic understanding of combinatorics can help in all aspects of life, even basketball!

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video - Cree Version Small Number and the Basketball Tournament

Small Number and the Basketball Tournament - English

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief. Twice a week, after school, he goes with his friends to the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. There the boys first have a snack and then they do mathematics for half an hour. Sometimes they do algebra in their workbooks, but usually they play mathematical games. They also love playing basketball in the Centre’s gym and wish to enter a tournament. Small Number demonstrates how a basic understanding of combinatorics can help in all aspects of life, even basketball!

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video - English Version Small Number and the Basketball Tournament

Small Number and the Salmon Harvest – Huu-ay-aht

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief.  He lives in a small village by the water with his mother and father. It is a crisp autumn day and Small Number is helping his father to prepare the nets for tomorrow’s salmon harvest. “There is a school of salmon by Straight Line Beach. We need to set our net in the morning while the tide is still high,” says Small Number’s father...

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video- Huu-ay-aht Version Small Number and the Salmon Harvest

Small Number and the Salmon Harvest – Hul'q'umi'num'

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief.  He lives in a small village by the water with his mother and father. It is a crisp autumn day and Small Number is helping his father to prepare the nets for tomorrow’s salmon harvest. “There is a school of salmon by Straight Line Beach. We need to set our net in the morning while the tide is still high,” says Small Number’s father...

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video- Hul'q'umi'num' Version Small Number and the Salmon Harvest

Small Number and the Salmon Harvest – Sliammon

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief.  He lives in a small village by the water with his mother and father. It is a crisp autumn day and Small Number is helping his father to prepare the nets for tomorrow’s salmon harvest. “There is a school of salmon by Straight Line Beach. We need to set our net in the morning while the tide is still high,” says Small Number’s father...

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video- Sliammon Version Small Number and the Salmon Harvest

Small Number and the Salmon Harvest – Halq'eméylem

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief.  He lives in a small village by the water with his mother and father. It is a crisp autumn day and Small Number is helping his father to prepare the nets for tomorrow’s salmon harvest. “There is a school of salmon by Straight Line Beach. We need to set our net in the morning while the tide is still high,” says Small Number’s father...

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video- Stolo Version Small Number and the Salmon Harvest

Small Number and the Salmon Harvest - Squamish

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief.  He lives in a small village by the water with his mother and father. It is a crisp autumn day and Small Number is helping his father to prepare the nets for tomorrow’s salmon harvest. “There is a school of salmon by Straight Line Beach. We need to set our net in the morning while the tide is still high,” says Small Number’s father...

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video- Squamish Version Small Number and the Salmon Harvest