It’s Possible to Tell Mathematics with Tales!

It’s Possible to Tell Mathematics with Tales!

One of the places I went to read and write books, I met two math teachers.  We had a long chat. They mentioned that students do not like mathematics. Mathematics was one of the subjects I hated the most when I was in primary school; they are not considered unjust to worry! They were worried and worried about the future.

I wondered if it was possible to tell something with fairy tales, especially to make people love mathematics, and here is this article.

Acaba masallarla bir şeyleri anlatmak hele hele matematiği sevdirmek mümkün müdür diye düşündüm ve işte bu yazı çıktı ortaya…

I would also like to thank my two teacher friends. While reading this article published in Onedio at the first opportunity, we will have a coffee and continue the conversation from where we left off 🙂

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Every person has experienced the miraculous effect of the fairy tale on his imagination, mind and emotions many times throughout his life. However, we seldom think about content, not only in the ethical aspect of fairy tales, but also as a source of different kinds of knowledge, including knowledge of mathematics. The use of fairy tales in lessons can open one of the new ways of learning. Fairy tales can be widely used in mathematics education in primary schools and kindergartens. Tales also give a striking reflection of the connection between quantity and measure, different kinds of measures, numbers, proportions are used.

Throughout history, since the existence of humanity, people have told each other fairy tales. B.C. The papyrus, dating to 1700 BC, reveals that Pharaoh Cheops, the founder of the Great Pyramid in Egypt, was fond of fairy tales and bears a surprising resemblance to today’s fairy tales.

Tales exist all over the world. Many of these are very ancient because the same plots and elements have survived in different cultures on all continents. Every person has experienced the miraculous effect of fairy tales on his imagination, mind and emotions many times throughout his life. They are our intangible heritage that never goes out of style, but always captivates emotionally with their simplicity, imagery and deep philosophies. We rarely ponder the content of fairy tales, not only in their ethical aspects, but also as a source of different kinds of knowledge, including mathematical knowledge. Fairy tales are not widely used in mathematics education in primary schools and kindergartens, since the mathematics content is not fully evaluated in fairy tales.

Fairy tales reflect mathematical concepts and connections in a simple, conspicuously fanciful way. While listening and reading fairy tales, everyone experiences the adventures of the fairy tale heroes, the different situations they are in, observes what is happening, and remembers the expressions used by the heroes and the settlement of different situations. Every generation has their favorite fairy tale heroes.

It is possible to tell difficult things to children through fairy tales. For this reason, the creation of a mathematical image through fairy tales is known as an effective and common educational method.

(I discovered another magic side of fairy tales: it is possible to make children love mathematics with fairy tales!)

Are you wondering how the link between mathematics and literature can be used in practice?

And let’s open up and question the matter a little more and see what will happen…

Ve meseleyi biraz daha açıp sorgulayalım neler olacak bakalım…

You can buy your child a book about real mathematical adventures. It is possible to find these tales with a little research. Mathematical characters, fractions, shapes and many other things become clear and fascinating with fairy-tale narration. Perhaps, thanks to such books, your child will develop an unprecedented interest in mathematics. You can also write a mathematical tale that explains a difficult topic. For example, if the familiar mathematical expression of adding and subtracting with zero bothers him, you could tell a story about a magic city where Zero and other numbers live, or become invisible as soon as you enter the Zero Addition or Subtraction Street.

Turn the usual fairy tale into a mathematical exercise. In many fairy tales the mathematical terms are superficial: (The Three Sisters, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). You can add more numbers while telling the tale. Like the age of the heroes, the number of topics mentioned… Ask the child questions about the quantity: a good attention training and a memory development exercise will also have taken place. Kids will have fun solving these fantastic math problems.

For example:

A quote from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: “He entered the house but found no one there. Everything in the house was small. The house looked messy. He cleaned the house, and when he was tired, he lay down on seven small beds in a row.” A timely question to ask: “How many beds were in the tiny house that Snow White cleaned?”

The relationship between fairy tales and mathematics does not end: continue…

Analysis of the content of fairy tales leads to the conclusion that all kinds of fairy tales contain mathematical concepts and connections, but in miracle tales they find little more. For example, in them, the father’s son walks on the road until he comes to a fork in the road. There he must choose his path. If he turns right, he will encounter some events, if he turns left, he will experience quite different events, but if he goes straight, other events will await him there. Thus, the son is presented with three conditions, and he must choose one of them. Here are the obvious figurative representations that underpin probability theory.

Tales are often described in ornate prose:

We know that fairy tales have been used as an educational and learning tool since ancient times. It is possible with the help of metaphors to inform children about life, the relations between people, the different possibilities of how a person will live his life, without pressure and without demoralizing. Already in ancient times, adults passed on knowledge to children through fairy tales, stories and legends. Our ancestors coded various life situations and potential behavior patterns, as well as concrete information in fairy tales. These codes have survived and have helped us to comprehend the world around us in interconnections.

The style of the fairy tales is simple, they do not prompt children to make rational judgments and draw conclusions. Tales are full of successive events, events, and changes. The language and style of the tales are at a level that children can understand. Its language is simple, but at the same time it promises secrets and miracles: ‘once upon a time, in a distant land…’, in ancient times when birds and animals could speak, etc. Fairy tales take children to a world.

(Maybe this is the metaverse 🙂 )

Tales enable them to look at them as observers, to notice and to understand. They prepare children to become more aware of events and connections, which ensures a successful learning start in school and later in life.

It is a way of fostering a creative, educational and learning-promoting environment by involving children’s imaginations and asking them to interpret and explain the expressions and actions of fairy tale heroes.

Expressions characterizing mathematical concepts in fairy tales: we are near the end 🙂

Masallardaki matematiksel kavramları karakterize eden ifadeler: sona yaklaştık :)

Tales are an excellent tool for the acquisition of mathematical concepts and connections, because they contain many important parts of mathematics: basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, numerical theories, probability theory and others.

The storytelling and the development of the plot can be arranged according to the mathematical sections. The foundations of analytical geometry are found in the description of situations that indicate the activity of fairy-tale characters: standing upright; sinking straight: flying obliquely; throwing a glance at the person sitting opposite: falling on his back; following someone’s shadow.

Most teachers agree that fables are best used when learning to distinguish between the concepts of one, many, one by one, no one, more, less more. When learning to identify objects by size: tall, short, wide, narrow, high, low, thick, thin, tallest, shortest, wider, narrower…

As a result, fairy tales contain a set of concepts that help children acquire mathematical ideas about the diversity and magnificence of their environment. Fairy tales not only develop the imagination of children, but also develop their skills to use mathematical connections and basic concepts in a simple and understandable language in primary and pre-school mathematics education, while emphasizing these connections, paving the way for more serious gains.

Source: Hüsamettin Oğuz

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