As we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on Friday, I decided to have Thing 1 and Thing 2 help me teach the concept of ordering numbers. I used two student volunteers to act as Thing 1 and Thing 2, and had them hold index cards with the corresponding numbers written on them. As a class, we discussed how we could put Thing 1 and Thing 2 in order - from least to greatest, and from greatest to least. After this discussion, I gave each student an index card with a “Thing” number – the numbers ranged from 1 to over 2,000. I challenged them to put themselves in order from least to greatest without talking. To connect this activity to our work with L’Ana (Dance Resident Artist), I had the students create shapes with their bodies and use each other’s negative space to form a line from least to greatest.

The students had to use mathematical thinking, problem solving, gestures, dance, and teamwork to complete the activity.

The students had to use mathematical thinking, problem solving, gestures, dance, and teamwork to complete the activity.