How do I connect numeracy with community, culture, and place?

"Connections build conceptual understanding. The more and the stronger the connections are among related ideas, the deeper and richer the understanding of the concept" (Hyde, 2006)


  • provide authentic mathematical experiences; in and out of classroom, in local community, outdoors in nature
  • explore place-based learning
  • notice and name mathematics in your world
  • bring in guest speakers from community to talk about how they use mathematics in their lives
  • draw upon diverse cultures in the classroom and school community


Provide authentic mathematical experiences; in and out of classroom, in local community, outdoors in nature

Tluuwaay 'Waadluxan Mathematical Adventures

edited by Dr. Cynthia Nicol and Joanne Yovanovich (ordering information through

This book reflects a project involving students, educators and community members from Haida Gwaii. Photographs that reflect community, culture and place inspired mathematical adventures.

Math Is a Verb: Activities and Lessons from Cultures Around the World

by Jim Barta, Ron Eglash, Cathy Barkley (NCTM)

Mathematical Lens

Mathematics Teacher (NCTM journal) Mathematical Lens, monthly column edited by Ron Lancaster (member log in required)

This column features photographs from around the world with mathematical connections and problems. The column began in 2005 and has run for over 100 issues.

Outdoor Learning Resources book list.pdf

Outdoor Learning

As outdoor learning environments are explored, there are opportunities to make mathematical connections to community and place. A list of resources is provided to support mathematical connections during outdoor learning.

Place-Based Mathematics.pdf

Place-Based Mathematics

This project highlights how students explore the community through a mathematics lens, taking photographs that inspire mathematical problem posing and solving.

Learning Connected to Place

Dr. Cynthia Nicol of UBC, explains why and how to connect mathematics learning to place, community and culture.