Math & Science Workshop

Math & Science Are Everywhere


Math is everywhere and yet, we may not recognize it because it does not look like the math we did in school. Math in the world around us sometimes seems invisible. However, math is present in our world all the time--in the workplace, in our homes, and in life in general.

You may be asking yourself, "How is math everywhere in my life? I'm not an engineer or an accountant or a computer expert!" Math is in your life from the time you wake until the time you go to sleep. You are using math each time you set your alarm, buy groceries, mix a baby's formula, keep score or time at an athletic event, wallpaper a room, decide what type of tennis shoe to buy, or wrap a present. Have you ever asked yourself, "Did I get the correct change", "Do I have enough gasoline to drive 20 miles", "Do I have enough juice to fill all my children's thermoses for lunch", or "Do I have enough bread for the week?" Math is all this and much, much more.

Children encounter math and math concepts in all aspects of life. Everyday materials around them can be used to teach hands-on math. We know that children learn best through hands-on activities


Science is everywhere - from the cereal you eat in the morning to the stars you see at night. Scientists are everywhere too. Wherever there is something interesting and useful to find out about the world, there are scientists hard at work.

What is science? The word science comes from Latin. Science is knowledge that results from our observation of the world around us. The knowledge must be tested repeatedly with experiments to prove it true. This sets science apart from other kinds of knowledge, for example, arts such as music, painting, and literature. There is not a test that scientifically proves that one kind of painting is "more beautiful" or "more sincere" than another. No experiment can show whether a symphony is "right" or "wrong."

What does science mean to you? When you are curious you are full of questions. Have you ever asked why something does what it does? Stephen Hawking, a British scientist, is especially curious. His best-known work began with a deep curiosity about black holes, those dark bodies in space from which not even light can escape. Just think what you might inspire your students to someday discover!

Science at home-- Our homes are full of science. Have you ever seen how adhesives such as glue and paste stick?

Science Is A Process

There are four processes that we feel are developmentally appropriate to very young children: observing, communicating, comparing and organizing or classifying. They include the following elements:

  • Observing
  • Seeing
  • Hearing
  • Feeling
  • Tasting
  • Smelling
  • Communicating
  • Oral
  • Written
  • Pictorial
  • Comparing
  • Sensory comparisons
  • Linear, weight, capacity and quantity comparisons
  • Organizing or Classifying
  • Grouping
  • Sequencing
  • Data gathering

In this workshop we will discuss how to teach math and science concepts using the READ-VIEW-DO Learning Triangle. The learning triangle incorporates the use of short video clips demonstrating the application of a math or science concept, correlating this clip to a correspondingly applicable children's book and extending the process through multiple hands-on learning activities.
PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.