A recent CBS Sunday Morning story on the first math museum in the US made me think about how current events stories like this – certainly of interest to the 3rd graders I talked to! – could be woven into school-based speech and language therapy.

With my group of 3rd graders, I explained the concept to them, including that the museum was supposed to introduce people to the idea that math could be fun and interesting and more than just figuring numbers on a paper. And then, I asked them if there were things from their math work that could be displayed in a museum. We went through to choose important vocabulary, difficult concepts, and main ideas, and then spend spent a couple sessions coming up with big, fun, visual ways to represent and teach the mathematical ideas. 

Look at some of the pictures of exhibits from the real Museum of Math here.