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 Salmon Harvest - English

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No, item is not peer reviewed.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...

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Video
File(s): 
Video- English Version Small Number and the Salmon Harvest

Small Number and the Big Tree - Squamish

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief. With his sister Perfect Number he visits their Grandma who lives in a small village on their Nation’s traditional territory.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video - English and Squamish version of Small Number and the Big Tree

Small Number and the Big Tree - Sliammon

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No, item is not peer reviewed.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

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief. With his sister Perfect Number he visits their Grandma who lives in a small village on their Nation’s traditional territory.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video - Sliammon version of the Small Number and the Big Tree

Small Number and the Big Tree - 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No, item is not peer reviewed.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. With his sister Perfect Number he visits their Grandma who lives in a small village on their Nation’s traditional territory.

Document type: 
Video

Small Number and the Big Tree - English

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No, item is not peer reviewed.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

Small Number is a young boy who gets into a lot of mischief. With his sister Perfect Number he visits their Grandma who lives in a small village on their Nation’s traditional territory.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video - English version of Small Number and the Big Tree

Small Number and the Skateboard Park - Cree

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 big city with his mother and his older sister Perfect Number. Every Sunday afternoon, Small Number does his math homework. When he has trouble with math, he usually asks his sister for help. But this Sunday he has a geometry problem that looks very difficult and he decides to ask his cousin, Full Angle, who studies mathematics at the university.

Document type: 
Video
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Small Number and the Skateboard Park - Cree

Small Number and the Skateboard Park - English

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 big city with his mother and his older sister Perfect Number. Every Sunday afternoon, Small Number does his math homework. When he has trouble with math, he usually asks his sister for help. But this Sunday he has a geometry problem that looks very difficult and he decides to ask his cousin, Full Angle, who studies mathematics at the university.

Document type: 
Video
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Small Number and the Old Canoe - Nuu-Chah-Nulth

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

In Small Number and the Old Canoe, mathematics is present throughout the story with the hope that this experience will make at least some members of our young audience, with the moderator’s help, recognize more mathematics around them in their everyday lives. Using terms like smooth, shape, oval, and surface, and mathematical phraseology like It must be at least a hundred years old, the artist skillfully presents reflection (symmetry) of trees in water, and so on. The idea behind this approach is to give the moderator a few openings to introduce or emphasize various mathematical objects, concepts and terminology. The short film is a little math suspense story and our question is related only to one part of it. The aim of the question is to lead to an introduction at an intuitive level of the concept of a function and the essence of the principle of inclusion-exclusion as a counting technique. The authors would also like to give their audience an opportunity to appreciate that in order to understand a math question, one often needs to read (or in this case, watch) a problem more than once.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Small Number and the Old Canoe-Nuu-Chah-Nulth

Small Number and the Old Canoe - Hul'q'umi'num'

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

In Small Number and the Old Canoe, mathematics is present throughout the story with the hope that this experience will make at least some members of our young audience, with the moderator’s help, recognize more mathematics around them in their everyday lives. Using terms like smooth, shape, oval, and surface, and mathematical phraseology like It must be at least a hundred years old, the artist skillfully presents reflection (symmetry) of trees in water, and so on. The idea behind this approach is to give the moderator a few openings to introduce or emphasize various mathematical objects, concepts and terminology. The short film is a little math suspense story and our question is related only to one part of it. The aim of the question is to lead to an introduction at an intuitive level of the concept of a function and the essence of the principle of inclusion-exclusion as a counting technique. The authors would also like to give their audience an opportunity to appreciate that in order to understand a math question, one often needs to read (or in this case, watch) a problem more than once.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video - Hul'q'umi'num' version of Small Number and the old canoe

Small Number and the Old Canoe - Huu-ay-aht

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

In Small Number and the Old Canoe, mathematics is present throughout the story with the hope that this experience will make at least some members of our young audience, with the moderator’s help, recognize more mathematics around them in their everyday lives. Using terms like smooth, shape, oval, and surface, and mathematical phraseology like It must be at least a hundred years old, the artist skillfully presents reflection (symmetry) of trees in water, and so on. The idea behind this approach is to give the moderator a few openings to introduce or emphasize various mathematical objects, concepts and terminology. The short film is a little math suspense story and our question is related only to one part of it. The aim of the question is to lead to an introduction at an intuitive level of the concept of a function and the essence of the principle of inclusion-exclusion as a counting technique. The authors would also like to give their audience an opportunity to appreciate that in order to understand a math question, one often needs to read (or in this case, watch) a problem more than once.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Video - Huu-ay-aht version of Small Number and the old canoe