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Mathematics Age Levels Preschool (0 to 4 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)

This issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom includes two lessons from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC). The first follows the SEEC model of introducing new concepts with familiar items. In early-algebra exercises, students organize a collection of random buttons, counting and multiplying them according to attributes. In the second lesson, the students work with a collection of seashells to see how sorting and classifying relates to the work of natural scientists.

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Red Heart Button

National Museum of American History

Carved Flower Button with Blue Metal Rim

National Museum of American History

Button in Shape of Blue Star Inside Circle

National Museum of American History

SEEC Children on a Field Trip

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Shell

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Shell

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Shell

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum