Alice in Numberland: Through the Standards in Wonderland

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  • 1 Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
  • 2 Providence Children's Museum
  • 3 Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
  • 4 Central Falls school district, Central Falls, RI
  • 5 Slater Junior High School, Pawtucket, RI

What can Alice, the Queen of Hearts, and other characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll 1865, 1960) teach children and their families about mathematics? The possibilities are endless. For example, Alice stretches and shrinks during her adventures: measurement! Measurement is one of five Content Standards with which all children need rich experiences as part of their mathematical education (NCTM 2000).


Donna Christy (the Queen of Hearts), is interested in writing standards-based mathematics activity resources via literature with a focus on fantasy.

Karen Lambe (the White Rabbit), also supervises an AmeriCorps team that works with Providence Head Start students, teachers, and parents.

Christine Payson (Alice) currently is student teaching sixth grade at an urban elementary school and graduated in December 2007.

For the next two years, Patricia Carnevale will be working for the Rhode Island Department of Education as a Mathematics Regents Fellow in the Department of Assessment and Accountability.

Debra Scarpelli focus in this urban setting is to connect mathematics concepts to real-life situations to help her students become life-long problem solvers.

Teaching Children Mathematics


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