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Can You Count in Greek?: Exploring Ancient Number Systems


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Authors: Judy Leimbach, Kathy Leimbach
Product Code: 565
ISBN: 978-1-59363-056-0
Pages: 64
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Discovering the way people in ancient cultures conducted their lives is fascinating for young people, and learning how these people counted and calculated is a part of understanding these cultures. This book offers a concise, but thorough, introduction to ancient number systems. Students won't just learn to count like the ancient Greeks; they'll learn about the number systems of the Mayans, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Romans, as well as learning Hindu-Arabic cultures and quinary and binary systems. Symbols and rules regarding the use of the symbols in each number system are introduced and demonstrated with examples. Activity pages provide problems for the students to apply their understanding of each system. Can You Count in Greek? is a great resource for math, as well as a supplement for social studies units on ancient civilizations.

This valuable resource builds understanding of place value, number theory, and reasoning. It includes everything you need to easily incorporate these units in math or social studies classes. Whether you use all of the units or a select few, your students will gain a better understanding and appreciation of our number system.

Grades 5–8
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by Renee Brown
on 4/18/2014
Ancient Math Instruction
Can you Count in Greek? Or, in any other ancient language? Most likely you are somewhat familiar with Roman Numerals. This book, however, gives lessons for 11 different ancient number counting systems. 

What is great about this book is that it doesn't just teach counting, but how to calculate using the ancient systems. 

There is an introduction to each system of counting. Then, the student has opportunity to translate from the ancient language to English as well as from English to the ancient language. Followed by practice calculating with each of the systems. 

My son, said that the hardest part was the calculations but the funnest part was the translations. 

This book would also be ideal for anyone studying ancient history to incorporate math into a complete unit study.
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