Interior view of a house 9"x 12"
Say About Our Teacher's Guide...
from Teaching Children Mathematics
National Council of Teachers of Math, December 1998
"Imagine a whole city growing on the wall on your classroom! Create A Co-op City can help give your students opportunities to connect mathematics to their daily lives….Although the project is primarily intended for upper elementary students, my second-grade bilingual students enthusiastically completed a simplified form of their own city….Teachers committed to implementing the NCTM’s Standard of mathematical reasoning, communicating, mathematical understanding, and geometry will appreciate this small but informative book."
from Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School
National Council of Teachers of Math, October 1998
"This thorough description reflects a sensitivity to various situations and includes practical comments about materials to use and methods of display and storage....Each chapter provides enrichment ideas and activities for the other major areas of science, social studies, and language arts.....For teachers casting about for long-term, intriguing projects, this book could prove to be a real help."
from Gifted Child Today
"This book is an excellent step-by-step guide for teachers who want to integrate architecture and design with math, social studies, science, and language arts."
from NEA Today
National Education Association January 1999
"Since 1992, he’s been using architecture and city planning to turn students on to a number of subject areas… The project has built enthusiasm for learning."
from Ginny Graves, Director of CUBE
Center for Understanding the Built Environment
"Co-op City is the project which can connect math, science and the real world. Barricelli’s experience with the project and his easy to use directions make it a win-win situation for any educator."
from a middle school math teacher...
"Create a Co-op City was certainly a breath of fresh air. I thoroughly enjoyed the concept of creating your own city. It's an excellent example of using a real-life situation in the math class! I especially appreciated how down to earth and user-friendly this book was. It was very easy to understand and could easily be adapted to any level. The enrichment activities were particularly resourceful and could be implemented in a variety of disciplines at an infinite number of levels. Thank you!"
from a college professor...
"Educators and curriculum planners who value the powers of experiential learning will find in Barricelli’s book a remarkable catalyst for advancing this kind of discovery learning in the classroom. In itself, the process so clearly outlined in the book not only offers the child the joy of designing and producing an original piece of architecture but, of greater importance, it enriches the child’s understanding of the community and real world he or she inhabits. The possibilities of this teaching device are limited only by the imagination of the teacher."
fromhigh school students who worked on the Co-op City project ...
"Working on Co-op City helped me learn to work together with others and showed me another aspect of math that I will very possibly pursue in college."
Interior of a 1/4" scale motel approx 18"
"Constructing a city requires more than just money. Co-op City taught us that you need teamwork and a knowledge of the rules and regulations that come with a city."
50-scale model of a paper company 12" Wide
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