f OR TEACHERS
GIMN AND COMPANY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.
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FOB THE USE OF TEACHERS
WILLIAM W. SPEEK
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, CHICAGO
BOSTON, U.S.A., AND LONDON
GINN & COMPANY, PUBLISHERS
L (6 1534-
BY WILLIAM W. SPEER
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
THIS book is one of a series soon to be issued. The
point of view from which it is written is indicated in
The essence of the theory of teaching arithmetic can
be expressed in a few sentences. The fundamental thing
is to induce judgments of relative magnitude. The pres-
entation regards the fact that it is the relation of things
that makes them what they are. The one of mathematics
is not an individual, separated from all else, but the union
of two like impressions : the relation of two equal magni-
tudes. A child does not perceive this one until he sees the
equality of two magnitudes. He will not become sensitive
to relations of equality by handling equal units with the
attention directed to something else, as the color, the tex-
ture, or the how many ; nor by one or two experiences in
To aid the learner in seeing a 1 as the relation of two
equal units, a 2 as the relation of a unit to another one half
as large, a % as the relation of a unit to another twice as
large, we must induce the repeated acts of comparing which
bring these relations vividly before the mind. With this
purpose the child is not required to build out of parts a
whole which he has never seen, nor expected to discover
a relation in the absence of one of the related terms. He
does not begin with elements. He is not prevented from
seeing things as they are by pushing elements into the
foreground. The mind grasps something vaguely as a
whole, moves from this to the parts, and gradually advances
to a clearer and fuller idea of the whole. Whether the
object of study be a flower, a picture, a cubic foot, or a six,
the process of learning is the same. If we promote prog-
ress in the discovery of relations of magnitude, we will
make it possible for the compared wholes to be pictured in
their full extent, thus affording opportunity for comparing,
for activity in judging. There is no such opportunity
when a child who has no idea of a thing constructs it
mechanically from given parts. Creation, in any subject,
requires a basis in elementary ideas.
It is not to be forgotten that there is a wide difference
between seeing that the relation of two particular things is
8, and realizing 8 as a relation, realizing it in such a way
that it can be freely used without misapplying it.
There is no real progress unless the mind is gradually
gaining power to think of things not present to sense, and
to think of a relation apart from a particular thing. But
there is no way to promote this progress except by securing
continued activity of sense and mind. The child grows
into the idea 8, slowly and unconsciously but surely, under
right conditions. A cube does not become known by count-
ing surfaces, edges, etc., again and again, but by observing
other forms and many different cubes. Through repeated
acts of dissociating and relating, what is particular sinks
out of sight and the common trait stands out. This
principle is of general application.
There should be constant calls for reperception, for
judging and verifying. Only by multiplying experiences
in the concrete, by noting the same relation in many dif-
\ ferent things and in many different conditions, does the
child come to know a relation as it is.
The slow development of the power to form perfectly
quantitative judgments is considered. Hence the earlier
work makes no demand for close analysis. It provides for
a gradual advance toward exactness. The exercises are
only suggestive. The condition of the child determines
what he should do. But in any case, the work in the
beginning should be so simple that it can be done easily ;
it should look to the free action of both body and mind.
The child interested in finding colors and forms wishes
to move about, to touch and handle things. Out of school
he combines thinking and acting. Why should he not do
so in the school ? Interest will lead the child to control
himself, but repression from without induces dullness,
indifference, and antagonism. Force a child to preserve a
regulation attitude, to keep his nerves tense, and you destroy
the foundation of healthful mental activity. In the transi-
tion from home to school life, careful provision should be
made for the whole child to express himself.
Attention is asked to the remarks upon over-direction,
premature questioning, demands for analysis beyond the
inclination and power of the pupil and for outward forms
which are not the genuine expression of the child.
Great importance is attached to that order of work which
puts things before the pupil and leaves him free to see and
to tell all he can before interfering with his action by ques-
tioning or direction. Questions have their uses. They
serve to arouse attention, to aid in testing the pupil's view,
and may lead to the correct use of new forms of expression.
But there are effects of questioning which are too often
overlooked. Questions do for the child what he should do
for himself ; they conceal his attitude toward the work
and prevent your seeing what he would do unaided. They
call attention to details for which the mind may not be
prepared, and present a partial, fragmentary view. The
questioning may be logical, but the learner connects only
that which he himself relates. Questions cause the teacher
to suppose that the child grasps what is not appreciable by
him, and so prevent the adaptation of the work. To
attempt to force through questions what you see in a
poem, picture, or problem, instead of leaving the pupil to
discover what he is prepared to see, is to ignore the true
basis of advance, to disregard the law that the mind passes
from vague ideas to those fuller and more exact, only
through its own acts of analysis and synthesis. Free
work reveals the pupil and makes it possible to meet his
This view furnishes no excuse for random, desultory
work. The teacher must carefully select the means, whether
the ideas into which he wishes to lead the child are mathe-
matical, biological, or historical.
In conclusion it is urged that any success is dangerous
which lessens the susceptibility of the mind to new impres-
sions. We may be so successful in training the child to
reproduce as to destroy his power to produce. Progress is
impossible without growing power to do unconsciously what
was at first done consciously ; but accuracy is not to be
desired at the expense of growth. The purpose of auto-
matic action in education is not to restrict, but to set force
free. When the work of the school is mechanical it
weakens the relating power, the power to act in new cir-
cumstances, and thus lowers the child in the scale of
As insight into the subject and contact with the child
enable us to open right channels for free action, there
will be little occasion for drills. The fresh, vigorous effort
of involuntary attention carries the child forward with sur-
prising rapidity. Out of se(/*-activity comes the self-control
which gives strength to persist.
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THE following quotations may be found sugges-
tive of working ideals. The teacher who enters
into their spirit will feel the need of knowing both
the child and the subject. She will see that
attention is a condition of thinking, and interest
a condition of attention ; that the mind is one
and indivisible, and must be so treated if we would
strengthen it. The mental as well as the physical
nature is under law. When our teaching is in
accord with this law, we shall find the forces of
nature working for us ; the child will become
strong with the strength of nature.
Apprehension by the senses supplies, directly or
indirectly, the material of all human knowledge ; or,
at least, the stimulus necessary to develop every inborn
faculty of the mind. Helmholtz.
The products of the senses, especially those of sight,
hearing, and touch, form the basis of all the higher
thought processes. Hence the importance of developing
accurate sense concepts. . . . The purpose of objective
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thinking is to enable the mind to think without the help
of objects. Thomas M. Balliet.
The understanding must begin by saturating itself
with facts and realities. . . . Besides, we only under-
stand that which is already within us. To understand
is to possess the thing understood, first by sympathy
and then by intelligence. Instead of first dismember-
ing and dissecting the object to be conceived, we should
begin by laying hold of it in its ensemble. The pro-
cedure is the same, whether we study a watch or a
plant, a work of art or a character. Amiel.
The action of the mind in the acquisition of knowl-
edge of any sort is synthetic-analytic ; that is, uniting
and separating. These are the two sides, or aspects, of
the one process. . . . There is no such thing as a syn-
thetic activity that is not accompanied by the analytic ;
and there is no analytic activity that is not accompanied
by the synthetic. Children cannot be taught to perform
these knowing acts. It is the nature of the mind to so
act when it acts at all. George P. Brown.
Our children will attain to a far more fundamental
insight into language, if we, when teaching them, con-
nect the words more with the actual perception of the
thing and the object. . . . Our language would then
again become a true language of life, that is, born of
life and producing life. FroebeL
Voluntary attention is a habit, an imitation of natural
attention, which is its starting-point and its basis. . . .
Attention creates nothing ; and if the brain is barren,
if the associations are meagre, it functions in vain.
How, indeed, can there be a response within to the
impression from without when there is nothing within
that is in relation of congenial vibration with that
which is without? Inattention in such case is insus-
ceptibility ; and if this be complete, then to demand
attention is very much like demanding of the eye that
it should attend to sound-waves, and of the ear that it
should attend to light-waves. Dr. Maudsley.
Activity bears fruit in habit, and the kind of activity
determines the quality of the habit. Alex JEJ. Frye.
If a teacher is full of his subject, and can induce
enthusiasm in his pupils ; if his facts are concrete and
naturally connected, the amount of material that an
average child can assimilate without injury is as aston-
ishing as is the little that will fag him if it is a trifle
above or below or remote from him, or taught dully or
incoherently. 6r. Stanley Hall.
Is it not evident, that if the child is at any epoch of
his long period of helplessness inured into any habit
or fixed form of activity belonging to a lower stage of
development, the tendency will be to arrest growth
at that standpoint and make it difficult or next to
impossible to continue the growth of the child ? Wil-
liam T. Harris.
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We must make practice in thinking, or, in other
words, the strengthening of reasoning power, the
constant object of all teaching from infancy to
adult age, no matter what may be the subject of
instruction. . . . Effective training of the reasoning
powers cannot be secured simply by choosing this
subject or that for study. The method of study and
the aim in studying are the all-important things.
Charles W. Eliot.
Intellectual evolution is, under all its aspects, a
progress in representativeness of thought. Herbert
Consciousness implies perpetual discrimination, or
the recognition of likenesses and differences, and this
is impossible unless impressions persist long enough to
be compared with one another. . . . Impressions persist
long enough to be compared together, and accordingly
there is reason. John Fiske.
Thinking is discerning relations ; but we discern the
relations of things. In order to discern relations we
must compare ; hence, our powers to think are our
comparative powers. These are our faculties to discern
relations. Dr. M' Cosh.
Thought consists in the establishment of relations.
There can be no relation established, and therefore no
thought framed when one of the related terms is absent
from consciousness. Herbert Spencer.
Intelligence is virtually a correct classification.
The thing is its relations, and although analytically
we may separate them, attending now to this relation,
now to that, we must never imagine the separation to
be real. Gr. H. Lewes.
All knowledge results from the establishment of
relations between phenomena. J. B. Stallo.
Every act of judgment is an attempt to reduce to
unity two cognitions. Sir William Thomson.
The primary element of all thought is a judgment
which arises from a comparison. Francis Bow en.
There is no enlargement of the mind unless there
be a comparison of ideas one with another. Cardinal
The extent or magnitude of a quantity is, therefore,
purely relative, and hence we can form no idea of it
except by the aid of comparison. Davies.
Of absolute magnitude we can frame no conception.
All magnitudes as known to us are thought of as equal
to, greater than, or less than, certain other magnitudes.
Those who accept the above can hardly agree
with the prevailing practices in the teaching of
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It is hoped that the following brief presenta-
tion of mathematics as the science of relative
magnitude will aid teachers in bringing mathe-
matical teaching into accord with educational
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Mental advance from the vague to the definite. -
Teaching which meets the needs of the developing
mind must be successful. No other can be.
The marvelous progress of the child during the
first five or six years of its life is largely due to
free action and spontaneous attention ; to the
absence of demands unfavorable to growth.
We recognize the incapacity of the infant. We
watch and minister to its growth by creating an
environment fitted for calling forth its activities.
So should we acquaint ourselves with the mental
state of the child, as shown in his work, his play,
his questions ; in what he hears and sees ; in what
he does and in what he tries to do ; in what he
says and in what he does not say. From the
basis of his experience and power our training
Complex conceptions cannot be imposed upon a
mind incapable of receiving them; neither can
simple truths. Nothing is self-evident save to
him who sees it. The child no more knows that
things equal to the same thing are equal to each
other, until he sees it to be so, than he knows
that yellow and blue make green. He sees only
that which he has the power to see.
8 THEORY OF ARITHMETIC.
The change from the helplessness of the babe
to the power of the child of six is a constant
miracle; but its powers are still relatively feeble.
Between the capacity for vague perceptions
and for framing definite mathematical ideas there
are many intervening stages. 1 The natural ap-
proach to each higher thought-product is through
the lower one, which is its necessary antecedent.
The perception of equality is the basis of
mathematical reasoning, a condition of definite
thinking. But a child sees things as longer or
shorter, larger or smaller, before he is able to see
their perfect equality or exact degree of inequality. 2
Until, without effort, he makes such discrimina-
tions as are expressed by the terms long, short,
large, small, etc., he is not ready to make the
discriminations expressed by twice, three times,
i or i.
Analysis dependent upon representative power.
Exact quantitative relations cannot be estab-
lished without analyzing. Analysis fixes the at-
1 " In early life the cerebral organization is incomplete. The
period necessary for completion varies with the race and with the
individual." Prof. Tyndall.
2 " The conception of exact likeness," remarks Mr. John Fiske,
" is a highly abstract conception, which can only be framed after
the comparison of numerous represented cases in which degree of
likeness is the common trait that is thought about." Cosmic
Philosophy, vol. ii. p. 316.
tention in turn upon each part rather than upon the
relation of the compared wholes. When the pupil
enters upon the process of exact comparison he
should be able to hold each term of the comparison
so firmly that the necessary intrusion of a common
measure will not efface either of them. Other-
wise, the operations intended to throw into relief
the precise relation of the magnitudes interpose
as a cloud to render the relation invisible.
Place a measure in the hands of a pupil and set
him to marking off spaces on this and that and
counting them before he is ready for such work,
before anything has been done to induce the habit
of looking from one magnitude to another, and
you absorb him in a mechanical process which
turns the thought from the relational element
with which mathematics deals. He may write,
" The door is 8 feet high," when he has simply
counted 8 spaces. But he has made no mathe-
matical comparison, observed no relation, done
little which tends to develop power to think.
If we ask him to find exact relations before he
has sufficient representative power to bring each
term of the comparison into consciousness and
approximate its relations unaided, the probability
is that the relation of the magnitudes as wholes
will not be seen at all.
Premature attempts to initiate the pupil into
the ideas of mathematics will bewilder him with
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the mechanism of the subject and create a condi-
tion unfavorable to the perception of mathemati-
cal or any other truth.
"Not only is it true/' says Herbert Spencer,
"that in the course of civilization qualitative
reasoning precedes quantitative reasoning; not
only is it true that in the growth of the individual
mind the progress must be through the qualitative
to the quantitative, but it is also true that every
act of quantitative reasoning is qualitative in its
Unity of subject. The teacher must be clear
as to what characterizes a science. Otherwise the
essential may be lost sight of in the subordinate,
and the energy of the pupil wasted in the effort to
unite what should never have been separated.
A living apprehension of the fact. that mathe-
matics deals with definite relations of magnitude
suggests the mode of beginning the study. It
suggests the need of creating definite ideas ; it
forbids presenting things as isolated, independent,
absolute in themselves. It does away with arti-
ficial distinctions between a fraction and an in-
teger, by presenting each as a relation. Thus 2 is
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the relation of a unit to another half as large ;
and one half is the relation of a unit to another
twice as large.
A relation the result of a comparison. To be
conscious of a relation means more than to be 7
conscious of the terms between which it exists.
We may think of the taste of an orange or of a
pear without connecting them in any way, but if
we are considering their relative sweetness we
must bring together in thought the taste of each ;
a comparison must take place before we can assert
that one is sweeter than the other. So we may
think of a certain line as one yard, of another as
six inches, without ability to assert their relative
magnitude. We may go further and note the fact
that in one yard there are six six -inches, and still
remain without any appreciation of their relative
magnitude. Before we can assert this, the intel-
lectual act which brings the shorter line before
the mind as equal to one sixth of the longer must
We cannot meet the demands of mathematics
by observing things simply as distinct and sepa-
rate. If relations are to come into consciousness,
the comparing which brings them there must take
place. An example may make this more clear.
Suppose the magnitudes a, &, c, and rf, to be before
the child. He notes likenesses and differences in
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them just as he does in colors, leaves, fruit, or
anything to which he attends. Noting d and a he
sees that d is greater than a, that a is less than d.
He has made comparisons and established rela-
tions, but not exact relations. These relations he
expresses by the indefinite words greater and less.
If, by measuring, he effects an exact comparison
of d and a, he needs language for stating that the
relation of d to a is 3 ; the relation of a to d is J.
He may call a | and d 1, or d 3 and a 1 ; or he
may call d 12 and a 4, but their relation remains
The thing is its relations. Comparing c with
a considered as 1, we call c 2. Comparing c with
d, c becomes f, yet the magnitude c has not
changed. The a which we dealt with as ^ when
thought of in relation to d, as ^ in relation to c,
we call 1 when compared with &, or with any
other equal magnitude.
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Just as the child learned to know a line as long
in comparison with another, short in comparison
with a third ; to call a day warm or cold accord-
ing to that with which it is compared, so he should
learn to know a magnitude as 2 when seen in rela-
tion to a magnitude equal to its ^ ; to see the same
magnitude as 3 or 5 or ^ when compared with
Means of comparing. Effecting an exact com-
parison requires analysis and synthesis,' just as
every act does which results in a judgment.
In order to discover the relation of 4 to 6, we
may separate the 4 and the 6 each into 2's. By
the analysis (subtraction or division) we find 3
2's in the 6 and 2- 2's in the 4. Since 2 is ^ of
3- 2's, we infer that 2 is of 6. (Why?) In
order to make such an inference we must see that
3* 2's equal 6, synthesis (addition or multiplica-
From successive relations of equality we pass to
the final act of relating, which brings 2- 2's, or 4,
before the mind as equal to f of 6. The final
thought is not of the 4 nor of the 6, nor of the
relation of the measuring unit to either ; but of
the relation of the 4 to the 6. In no case have
we established the relation sought until the com-
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pared wholes are brought into consciousness in
Again, suppose we wish a child to discover the
relation which exists between 7 and the sum of
3 and 4.
Mental acts must take place showing him in
the 7 two magnitudes, one equal to 4, the other
equal to 3, and bringing the 7 again before the
mind as one quantity. But we must pass be-
yond these steps and bring the seven and the
sum of 3 and 4 before the mind in the relation
of equality. A judgment of relative magnitude
must be formed which unites the compared
Each of these judgments, like every other judg-
ment, is the product of analysis and synthesis
of separating and uniting ; of subtracting and
adding ; of dividing and multiplying. There is
no real synthesis without analysis, no addition
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without subtraction, no multiplication without
Conditions of comparing.
In comparing there must be
ideas to compare. In present-
ing the magnitude 7, as well as
3 and 4, we are merely meet-
ing that condition of thinking
" which requires that, in estab-
lishing a relation, each of the
compared terms must be pre-
sent in consciousness. Through
this comparison the pupil learns to know 7 in one
relation ; through other comparisons he will enter
into fuller knowledge of it.
Meaning of a word depends upon experience.
When the need of a name arises, give it. The
principle is the same whether dealing with the
qualitative or the quantitative. We do not leave
the child without the name water because he does
not know the elements of water. We tell him a
certain object is a chair long before he has a com-
plete idea of it. As his surroundings produce
activity, he gradually comes to know special
features of the chair, and to distinguish arm-
chairs, rocking-chairs, etc.
The name alone can avail nothing ; l but when
1 Language attains definiteness for the individual only as it is
associated with definite ideas. The square is a definite figure ;
16 THEOBY OF AEITHMETIC.
it will be serviceable in focusing the attention, in
aiding the child to retain his grasp of a thing, and
thus in facilitating his investigations, it should be
Thought and expression are inseparable. Words
without ideas are dead ; images without words
are elusive. The most effective method of mas-
tering the means of expression in mathematics,
or in any other subject, is the exercise of the '
mind upon realities, in mathematics, the real-
ities are the relations of magnitude.
Using divided magnitudes obscures wholes, weak-
ens sense of coexistence. By presenting divided
magnitudes (see n below), we destroy the wholes
we wish compared, and call upon the child for
a synthesis for which he is not prepared. The
problem does not require him to make a com-
parison of the magnitudes, but merely to count the
how many. We force upon the attention isolated
units and operations for which the mind has no
need, and which, by being thus pushed into the
but the child may handle many squares and repeat the definition
of a square many times without any feeling of its definiteness. If
we taught the child to say that the sum of 3 and 4 = 7, without
his mentally seeing it to be so, we should be presenting symbols
without significance. To refuse to give the name 7 to the magni-
tude in this particular relation, because the learner is not fully
conscious of the meaning of the term, is as if we refused to allow
a child to talk of a star because his idea of it is not that of the
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foreground, tend only to , intellectual chaos. A
synthesis not accompanied by analysis must be
artificial. There can be no real synthesis without
In observing n (the divided magnitude) does
the child consider the relative magnitude of the
units or the how many? In comparing c (the
undivided magnitude) with d, what receives the
primary attention, the how many or the relative
The child grasps a dollar or a dozen as a unit,
untroubled by its composition. So it should grasp
a 12, a 17, a 100, a J, or a 7. So it will if you
bring them into consciousness as wholes. 1 If you
wish a pupil to note the relation between the
length and the width of a desk ; or between a 12
and a 3 ; a 1,200 and a 300 ; a 68 and a 17; or
1 " Now, the fact is, that all objects of apprehension, including
all data of sense, are in themselves, i.e. within the act of apprehen-
sion, essentially continuous. They become discrete only by being
subjected, arbitrarily or necessarily, to several acts of apprehension,
and by thus being severed into parts, or coordinated with other
objects similarly apprehended into wholes." J. B. Stallo,
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a |- and a |, what are, in each case, the wholes to
which you wish him to attend ?
If, instead of bringing the terms of the compari-
son before the mind as related wholes, we require
the learner to begin by constructing them from
the parts, 1 we destroy for him the continuity of
the magnitudes. Consciousness is occupied with
a succession of separate units, and but a vague
sense of the relations of the given magnitudes is
Undivided magnitudes; use induces analysis and
synthesis. It must not be supposed that the
mere use of undivided magnitudes will insure
the perception of mathematical relations; 2 but it
fosters such perception. It is a condition of pres-
entation in accord with the familiar fact that the
1 " Where the parts of an object have already been discerned,
and each made the subject of a special discriminative act, we can
with difficulty feel the object again in its pristine unity ; and so
prominent may our consciousness of its composition be, that we
may hardly believe that it ever could have appeared undivided.
But this is an erroneous view, the undeniable fact being that any
number of impressions, from any number of sensory sources, falling
simultaneously on a mind WHICH HAS NOT YET EXPERIENCED THEM
SEPARATELY, will fuse into a single undivided object for that mind."
2 The material provided for mental nutrition is most important.
But there is danger of relying too exclusively upon special methods
and intrinsic values. Undue reliance upon any means or subject
may blind us to the fact that the educational process is not going
on at all.
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mind moves from the whole to the part and back
again to the whole; that it analyzes through a
desire for more intimate knowledge, in order that
it may reach a better synthesis. We should present
as wholes the magnitudes whose relations we wish
established, and leave the way open for those suc-
cessive acts of analysis and synthesis by which
such relations are established.
Freeing the mind from the concrete. Noting the
same relation between many different magnitudes
tends to free the mind from the concrete and the
particular, and to make the relations the objects
Thus the pupil sees magnitudes differing greatly
in size, but discovers that 2 is the relation not
only of c to rf, but of x to y, of a to &, of o to
m, and of e to n\ he notes the unlikeness of the
separate pairs, the likeness of their relations; he
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is asked for inference after inference which turns
attention to the ratio of the units. 1 Gradually
he learns to know magnitudes in the only
way that they can be known, in relation.
The simple ratios of mathematics become real to
Giving varying names to the units, as a 12 and
a 6 ? a | and a J, a 100 and a 50, aids in separat-
ing accidental from essential relations, and in
preventing the error of mistaking the relative for
Through many, very many experiences, fitted
for developing the power, he becomes able to dis-
sociate the relation from the thing, and to deal
with the 2, the 3, the , the |, etc., as uniform
relations upon which far-reaching inferences may
be based. 2
1 " The higher processes of mind in mathematics lie at the very
foundation of the subject." Sylvester.
2 " The peculiarity of abstract conceptions is that the matter of
thought is no longer any one object, or any one action, but a trait
common to many ; and it is, therefore, only when a number of
distinct objects or relations possessing some common trait can be
represented in consciousness, that there becomes possible that
comparison which results in the abstraction of the common trait
as the object of thought." John Fiske.
" The development of ideas is the slow, gradual result of contin-
uous judgment." Francis Bowen.
" What is associated now with one thing and now with another
tends to become dissociated from either, and to grow into an
object of abstract contemplation by the mind." Wm. James.
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Inference must succeed perception. The import-
ance of bringing simple basic ratios definitely into
consciousness is better understood when we look
beyond them. 1
The development of mathematics within the
mind, and the development of the mind by means
of mathematics, are alike impossible without that
thinking, relating, reasoning, by which the mind
"produces from what it receives." From the
beginning we must address the mind and not one
function ; give opportunity for inference to suc-
ceed perception. By unduly crowding the sensing
and recording of ratios we may so handicap the
mind that it cannot move. As law or principle
serves the man of science, so each simple truth
should serve the child in lighting the way to
By means of perceived relations we must pass
to the inferring of relations. For example, it is
not enough for the child to see the relation of d to
a and of a to d. From these perceptions he must
infer other relations. Rightly taught, such infer-
ences as that the weight of d equals 3 times the
1 " And if we neglect to educe the fundamental conception
on which all his ulterior knowledge must depend we not only
sow the seed of endless obscurity and perplexity during all his
future advance in this science, but we also weaken his reasoning
habits . . . and thus make our mathematical discipline produce,
not a wholesome and invigorating but a deleterious and pervert-
ing effect upon the mind." Whewell.
22 THEORY OF ARITHMETIC.
weight of a ; that 3 times as many inch cubes can
be cut from d as from a ; that d will yield 3 times
as much ashes as a; that the cost of d equals 3
times the cost of a ; that the weight of a equals ^
the weight of d\ that a will yield \. the amount of
ashes that d will yield ; that the cost of a equals \
the cost of d, will follow naturally and readily upon
the perception of the ratio of d to a and of a to
d. They will never follow without the generating
conditions, and the generating conditions are per-
ceptions of exact relations. Upon these equations,
made known by the activity of the mind upon the
magnitudes themselves, all mathematical deduc-
We frequently hear it said, " Is it not a proof
that the child sees the conditions when he says that
d will cost 3 x if a cost x ? " Or, if this is not
enough, he can tell you that, " Because d is 3
times a, etc." Experience shows, however, that
many pupils who can do all this will tell you
a little later that it will take 3 boys 3 times as
long to do a piece of work as it will one boy ;
MATHEMATICS, DEFINITE RELATIONS. 23
that the weight of a 2 -inch- cube is twice that of
an inch cube. As they advance, their seeming
inaptitude for mathematics becomes more marked.
Why is this ? Because a wrong direction was
given to the mind in the beginning; because
mechanical processes for securing results were
substituted for those experiences which create
ideas of equality and of exact ratio ; because
using objects merely to teach children to count
and to manipulate numbers, 1 instead of presenting
them in such a way as to attract attention to
their relative magnitude, leaves the mind without
any basis for the deductions which are demanded.
Out of number nothing comes save number. If
we ask for conclusions concerning quantity we
must see that the mind possesses a basis 2 for those
conclusions. The indispensable groundwork of
reasoning is the definite mental representation of
the relation upon which an inference rests; and
mathematical inferences rest upon ratios.
Clear imaging ; clear thinking ; correct conclusion.
The material upon which the mind can act
from time to time depends upon its growing
1 " It would indicate a radically false idea of number to wish
to employ it in establishing the elementary foundations of any
science whatever ; for on what would the reasoning in such an
operation repose ? " Comte.
2 " The attempt to found the science of quantity upon the
science of number I believe to be radically wrong and educa-
tionally mischievous." Win. K. Clifford.
24 THEORY OF ARITHMETIC.
power to represent in- thought the conditions upon
which conclusions follow.
Pupils accept the statement that it will take
twice as long to paint a 2-inch square as a 1-inch
square because they do not represent the squares
If the pupil has been trained so that it is his
habit to make the necessary mental representa-
tions he will see for himself that if x is the num-
ber of yards of carpet 1J yards wide required for
a floor, 2 x yards f of a yard wide will be needed.
No wordy explanation will be required. Yet pupils
fail constantly in such simple exercises. They
cannot make comparisons, because they have in
their minds no images of the things they are to
compare. They cannot deduce from symbols the
relations of reals. 1 Asking pupils to reason about
things which they do not see mentally, is asking
the impossible and can only lead to confusion and
discouragement. The power of representative
thought, of imaging, underlies all intellectual
progress, and we cannot prepare the mind for
abstract thought without developing this power.
Mathematics deals with realities. However
divergent may be the lines of mathematical
1 " How accurate soever the logical process may be, if our first
principles be rashly assumed, or if our terms be indefinite or
ambiguous, there is no absurdity so great that we may not be
brought to adopt it." Dugald Stewart.
MATHEMATICS, DEFINITE KELATIONS. 25
thought, their beginnings are sensible intuitions,
that is, the ideas of magnitude must be based
on perceptions; and however long the line, its
extension is in all cases by means of successive
acts of comparing and inferring.
Sylvester finds that " The study of mathematics
is unceasingly calling forth the faculties of obser-
vation and comparison ; that it has frequent
recourse to experimental trial and verification;
and that it affords a boundless scope for the
highest efforts of imagination. ... I might go
on," he says, " piling instance upon instance to
show the paramount importance of the faculty of
observation to the process of mathematical dis-
" Mathematics," says Mr. Lewes, " is a science
of observation, dealing with reals, precisely as all
other sciences deal with reals. It would be easy
to show that its method is the same." The reals
are the relations of magnitude.
The order of truth changes ; the mental action
which embraces it remains the same. We note
the likenesses of two leaves or the exact likenesses
of two magnitudes ; in each case we have a basis
for inference obtained by comparing. When we
turn to exact likenesses, we enter the domain of
Objects unfitted to awaken mathematical ideas.
Were we concerned simply with the number of
26 THEORY OF ARITHMETIC.
things, beans, shoe-pegs, shells, leaves, pebbles,
chairs, or the legs of frogs might serve as well
as anything. But mere numerical equality will
not serve as a basis for mathematical reasoning ;
-exact results cannot be founded upon it.
Dealing with units, without regard to their
equality or inequality ; considering them only as
distinct things; and reaching results true only
numerically, has been called the indefinite calculus;
but the indefinite calculus furnishes no basis for
mathematical reasoning. If arithmetic is made
merely a means of teaching number, and opera-
tions with number, it should receive but brief
time in the common-school course. Very little of
it will suffice for the ordinary vocations of life.
The cases in which mere numerical relations are
considered are so simple as scarcely to stir the
A superficial knowledge of mathematics may
lead to the belief that this subject can be taught
incidentally, and that exercises akin to counting
the petals of a flower or the legs of a grasshopper
are mathematical. Such work ignores the funda-
mental idea out of which quantitative reasoning
1 In regard to the how many, to work which does not deal
with definite relations, Comte said, " This will never be more
than a point, so to speak, in comparison with the establishment
of relations of magnitude of which mathematical science essen-
tially consists. ... In this point of view, arithmetic would
disappear as a distinct section in the whole body of mathematics."
MATHEMATICS, DEFINITE RELATIONS. 27
grows the equality of magnitudes. 1 It leaves
the pupil unaware of that relativity which is the
essence of mathematical science. Numerical state-
ments are frequently required in the study of
natural history, but to repeat these as a drill upon
numbers will scarcely lend charm to these studies,
and certainly will not result in mathematical
Vague ideas of the unlikeness of a rhomboid,
a square, and a trapezium may be gained by count-
ing them, and so may vague ideas of the relations
of magnitude. If definite ideas of color, form, or
weight come from counting and learning tables,
then definite ideas of quantitative relations may
come in the same way.
Turning from the numbering of things to their
mathematical comparison, we see at once why
plants and animals are not well adapted for our
purpose. In them, that which is material is
obscured by that which is irrelevant. 2 It is diffi-
cult for the undeveloped mind to view these objects
1 " Equations constitute the true starting point of arithmetic."
" The fundamental ideas underlying all mathematics is that of
equality." Herbert Spencer.
2 " The visible figures by which principles are illustrated
should, so far as possible, have no accessories. They should be
magnitudes pure and simple, so that the thought of the pupil may
not be distracted, and that he may know what feature of the
thing represented he is to pay attention to." Committee of
28 THEORY OF ARITHMETIC.
in their mathematical aspect. Their differences
in magnitude are not easily appreciated by the
senses. Their exact measurement is not easy.
They lend themselves to accurate imaging far less
readily than simple magnitudes, and do not result
in those mental states which would be created
were mathematical relations brought conspicu-
ously and impressively into the pupils' experiences,
That mathematics enters into other sciences is
understood. The fruitfulness of physics for the
teacher of mathematics is apparent. Advancing
science is constantly making more clear the inter-
dependencies of the various sciences. Each aids
in the development of the others. 1 But it does
1 " Although each science throws its light on every other,
owing to the interdependence of phenomena and the community
of consciousness, yet . . . phenomena are independent not less
than interdependent. Mathematics cannot receive laws from
chemistry, nor physics from biology ; the phenomena studied in
each are special." Lewes.
" This unification of all the modes of existence by no means
obliterates the distinction of modes, nor the necessity of under-
standing the special characters of each. ... If we recognize the
one in the many, we do not thereby refuse to admit the many in
the one" Lewes.
" Sciences are the result of mental abstraction, being the
logical record of this or that aspect of the whole subject-matter of
knowledge. As they all belong to one and the same circle of
objects, they are one and all connected together ; as they are but
aspects of things, they are severally incomplete in their relation
to the things themselves, though complete in their own idea and
for their own respective purposes ; on both accounts they at once
need and subserve one another." Cardinal Newman.
MATHEMATICS, DEFINITE RELATIONS. 29
not follow that different .classes of ideas will be
equally excited by the same objects.
The result of trying to call forth mathematical
ideas by means of phenomena whose exact meas-
urement is beyond the power of the pupil, is very
similar to the result when no pretence is made of
founding deduction upon perception. Why should
it not be ? In neither case do mathematical rela-
tions come definitely into consciousness.
What objects will excite definite ideas ? Things
whose exact relations can be most readily seen ;
things which can be most accurately imaged and
exactly compared ; things which tend most to
excite definite intuitions and to result in definite-
ness of mind,, should be given precedence in
elementary instruction in mathematics.
Comte observes, " The only comparisons capable
of being made directly, and which could not be
reduced to any others more easy to effect, are
the simple comparisons of right lines." This is
apparent to whoever gives thought to the
1 " On tracing them back to their origins, we find that the units
of time, force, value, velocity, etc., which figures may indiscrimi-
nately represent, were at first measured by equal units of space.
The equality of time becomes known either by means of the equal
spaces traversed by an index, or the descent of equal quantities
* (space-fulls) of sand or water. Equal units of weight were
obtained through the aid of a lever having equal arms (scales).
30 THEORY OF ARITHMETIC.
Since the measurement of all magnitudes is
reducible to measurements of linear extension, and
since the comparison of linear units alone reveals
that perfect equality upon which the science of
mathematics is built, since by such comparisons
and only by them do we obtain the original
materials of mathematical thought, since these
experiences alone give rise to those abstract con-
ceptions which enable us to use numbers intelli-
gently, it follows that definite magnitudes should
furnish the objective stimulus in laying a basis for
mathematical knowledge. Out of ratios estab-
lished by comparing right lines the ratios of
surfaces and solids are inferred, and also the
quantitative relations of units of value, force, and,
in short, of all other magnitudes.
The problems of statics and dynamics are primarily soluble, only
by putting lengths of lines to represent amounts of forces. Mer-
cantile values are expressed in units which were at first, and
indeed are still, definite weights of metal ; and are, therefore, in
common with units of weight, referable to units of linear exten-
sion. Temperature is measured by the equal lengths marked
alongside a mercurial column. Thus, abstract as they have now
become, the units of calculation, applied to whatever species
of magnitude, do really stand for equal units of linear extension,
and the idea of coextension underlies every process of mathemat-
ical analysis. Similarly with coexistence. Numerical symbols
are purely representative ; and hence may be regarded as having
nothing but a fictitious existence." Spencer, Principles of Psy-
chology, vol. ii. p. 38.
" Whenever I went far enough I touched a geometrical
bottom." Prof. Sylvester, Address British Association, 1869.
MATHEMATICS, DEFINITE RELATIONS. 31
Means of passing beyond the range of percep-
tion. It is the definite relations of magnitudes
established by means of solids, surfaces, and lines,
that enable us to conceive or interpret the rela-
tions of quantities which cannot be brought within
the range of perception. The ratios which we
actually see are few, but out of these grows the
science of mathematics.
These primary relations, then, should be so
repeatedly felt, so ingrained, that they will become
elements in the mental life. This is possible only
by confronting the pupil again and again with the
conditions which force upon him the methods and
ideas of mathematics. He should become so iden-
tified with the kind of relations dealt with, that
the abstract terms in which he afterwards reasons
will be truly representative. Otherwise, he will
restrict and misapply them. It is the certainty
of the seen that makes us rationally certain of the
The basis of drills the perception of relations.
It is well understood that the use of language
must become automatic if the mind is to move
freely in the discovery of laws and principles.
How is this needful familiarity with the means
of making quantitative comparisons to be provided
for? Not, certainly, by treating the means as
though it were the end ; not by forcing premature
32 THEORY OF ARITHMETIC.
drill upon tables and routine work in combining
and separating symbols. This is to ignore mathe-
matics, to ignore natural sequences, both within
and without the mind. Its tendency is to prevent
energy from rising to that higher kind of power of
which an intelligent being is capable.
The drills should harmonize with the dominant
idea of the subject and meet the conditions which
favor retention without interfering with growth.
In his observing and comparing, the pupil has
dealt with the ratios 2, 3, 4, etc. He has seen
that the ratio of 4 to 2 equals the ratio of 6 to 3,
of 8 to 4, of 10 to 5, of to , etc. We bring
these equal ratios together in the same table and
associate them in his mind. Making the common
thing, the ratio, prominent, unifies the work and
relieves the memory. Grouping like ratios in the
drills is analogous to the grouping required in
solving problems. Thus, the pupil sees that the
relation of the cost of 6 acres to the cost of 2
acres is equal to the relation of their areas. From
one truth he passes to another, and brings the
differing ideas into unity. The drills should em-
phasize this sense of likeness in the midst of
MATHEMATICS, DEFINITE RELATIONS. 33
difference without interfering with the flexibility
of the mind.
Drill work should be a means of increasing men-
tal power by training the eye to quickness and
accuracy, and the mind to attend closely and image
In every exercise the first thing to secure is a
clear mental picture. When the pictures are dis-
tinct, work for rapidity. What is to be recog-
nized at sight should be taken in through the eye. 1
The visual image will be dimmed and blurred, and
1 " A common error, into which beginners are apt to fall, is to
try to combine, and therefore to confuse, the two methods of
remembering, by sight and by sound." Dr. M. Granville.
" When a child first sees a thing, it takes it in by the eye ;
when it first hears a thing, it takes it in by the ear ; in each case
the whole mind is concentrated on the sensation, which, as Dr.
Carpenter says, * is the natural state of the infant.' But as soon
as education begins, all this is changed, and the mind, instead of
being concentrated upon one thing, is distracted by several."
" We must attend to the formation of the original impression
. . . and recall it in its entirety afterwards." Kay.
" Nothing needs more to be insisted on than that vivid and
complete impressions are all-essential." Herbert Spencer.
" There can be no doubt as to the utility of the visualising
faculty when it is duly subordinated to the higher intellectual
operation. A visual image is the most perfect form of mental
representation wherever the shape, position, and relations of
objects in space are concerned." F. Galton.
" The more completely the mental energy can be brought into
one focus, and all distracting objects excluded, the more powerful
will be the volitional effort." Dr. Carpenter.
34 THEORY OF ARITHMETIC.
hence imperfectly remembered, if we attempt to
call the ear into action at the same time that we
address the eye.
The way not to succeed in memorizing the tables
is to repeat so many different impressions in the
same exercise that none of them are distinct ; to
confuse eye and ear training ; to make the work
so difficult that it cannot be done easily and
" It is a matter of common remark that the permanence of the
impression which anything leaves on the memory is proportioned
to the degree of attention which was originally given it." D.
" Most persons find that the first image they have acquired of
any scene is apt to hold its place tenaciously. " F. Galton.
" The habit of hasty and inexact observation is the foundation
of the habit of remembering wrongly." Dr. Maudsley.
" No ideas can long be retained in the memory which are not
deeply fixed by repetition." Joseph Payne.
" The leading principle is to learn very little at a time, not in
a loose, careless way, but perfectly." P. Prendergast.
"A few such items must be memorized and reviewed daily,
adding a small increment to the list as soon as it has become
perfectly mastered." W. T. Harris.
" We usually attempt to master too much at once, and hence
the impressions formed in the mind lack clearness and distinct-
" All improvement in the art of teaching depends on the atten-
tion that we give to the various circumstances that facilitate
acquirement or lessen the number of repetitions for a given
effect." Prof. Bain.
" It is not enough that impressions be received ; they must be
fixed, organically registered, conserved ; they must produce per-
manent modifications in the brain. . . . This result can depend
only on nutrition." Th. Ribot.
MATHEMATICS, DEFINITE RELATIONS. 35
quickly ; to drill once or twice a month ; and to
prolong the exercise until the power of attention
The way to succeed is to develop vivid mental
pictures, and to fix these pictures by bringing
them again and again before the mind.
Briefly summarized, we may say : Reasoning
in arithmetic establishes equality of relations ;
reasoning in any subject, equality or likeness of
We know magnitudes only in relation ; and the
purpose of mathematical science is to establish
definite relations between magnitudes. The funda-
mental operation is comparison. Out of the rela-
tions established by comparison grow inferences.
Only through the activity of the mind in observ-
ing and comparing can those equations be formed
which are the groundwork of reasoning, the basis
of advance from relations seen to relations which
lie beyond the range of perception. 1
That quantity is a ratio between terms which
are themselves relative ; that mathematics is not
lu The domain of the senses, in nature, is almost infinitely
small in comparison with the vast region accessible to thought
which lies beyond them. . . . By means of data furnished in the
narrow world of the senses, we make ourselves at home in other
and wider worlds, which are traversed by the intellect alone. . . .
We never could have measured the waves of light, nor even
imagined them to exist, had we not previously exercised ourselves
among the waves of sound." Prof. Tyndall.
36 THEORY OF ARITHMETIC.
concerned with things as separate and absolute ;
that it deals only with relations, are truths which
have often been pointed out, but which the work
of the school shows to be felt by few.
In the light of these ideas, those arbitrary
divisions, so fatal to the continuous unfolding of
thought, are seen to belong to our language and
our schemes of study, rather than to the subject.
Make definite relations the basis, and the integer
and the fraction are each seen as a ratio ; geo-
metry, arithmetic, and algebra merge insensibly
into one another. With definite relations as the
center, it becomes clear that if we would teach
mathematics, and not the mere mechanism of the
subject, we must look to the development of the
representative and comparative powers. Only thus
can we lift arithmetic from a matter of memory,
routine, and formula to its rightful place as a
means of enlarging the mind.
FIRST STEPS. SENSE TRAINING.
Finding solids. Place spheres, cubes, cylinders, and
other forms of various sizes in different parts of the room
where the children can find them.
Show a sphere to the pupils. Ask :
1. What is this?
Find other balls or spheres.
Find a larger sphere than this. Find smaller
2. Name objects like a sphere. Example ; An
orange is like a sphere.
38 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
3. What is the largest sphere that you have,
What is one of the smallest spheres that you
4. To-morrow tell me the names of spheres
that you see when going from school and at home.
Ask, to-morrow, for the names of the objects and where
they were seen.
5. What is the largest sphere you found?
What is the smallest?
Review and work in a similar way with other solids.
"He should at first gain familiarity through the senses
with simple geometrical figures and forms, plane and solid ;
should handle, draw, measure, and model them ; and should
gradually learn some of their simpler properties and rela-
tions." Committee of Ten.
Children recognize objects similar in form, color, etc.,
before they desire or have the ability to express what they
Until a child can readily select a form he is not ready
to make a statement of what he has found. Let the
approach to telling be through doing ; through the activity
of the pupil in discriminating and relating.
The teacher, and such pupils as are able, should use the
proper terms, so that pupils who have not heard the terms
may learn to apply them. Children can discover like-
nesses and differences relations but not the terms in
which they are expressed. They should learn the terms
unconsciously by living in an atmosphere where they are
used. Since we think most easily in the names we have
first and most familiarly associated with a thing, the right
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 39
term should be used from, the beginning. Providing fitly for
expressing is an important means of arousing self-activity.
The different exercises are to be continued from day to
day, as the growing interest and powers of the child
suggest, and until there is skill in performing and ease in
expressing. The teacher should know the condition of the
pupil's mind. His expression is the index to his mental
state. Avoid anything which will tend to substitute
mechanical expression for real expression. Any form
which is not the outgrowth of what is within, which is not
the genuine product of free activity, will mislead the
teacher and weaken the child.
"Forms which grow round a substance will be true,
good ; forms which are consciously put round a substance,
bad. I invite you to reflect on this." Carlyle.
Finding colors. Tests in color should be given before
the more formal work suggested below. For example :
Group cards of the same color and threads of worsted. 1
Provide ribbons, worsted, cards, etc., of different colors,
to be found by pupils when looking for a particular color.
Pin or paste squares of standard red and orange where
they can be seen. Pin the red above the orange.
1. Find things in the room of the same color
as the red square. What things can you recall
that are red ?
1 These exercises are not to teach color, but are to train pupils
to visualize, to attend, to compare, and to secure greater freedom
in expressing through noting different relations. All pupils need
such work before beginning the usual studies of the primary
school. They lack needful elementary ideas, which must be
obtained through the senses. The range of the perceptions needs
to be widened.
40 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
2. Look at the orange square. Find the same
color elsewhere in the room. Recall objects that
have this color.
3. Close the eyes, and picture or image the
red square. Now the orange square.
4. Which square is above? Which below?
Name the two colors.
5. To-morrow bring something that is red and
something that is orange. Also tell the names of
orange or red objects that you see in going to and
Pin or paste a square of yellow below the orange.
1. Look at the yellow. Find the same color in
the room. Recall objects having this color.
2. Look at the red, then the orange, then the
yellow. Close the eyes and picture the colors
one after another in the same order.
Cover the squares.
3. Which color is at the top ? At the bottom?
In the middle ?
4. Name the three, beginning at the top. Name
from the bottom.
5. Which color is third from the top ? Second
from the top ? Third from the bottom ?
6. To-morrow bring something that is yellow
and tell me the names of things tfiat you have
seen that are yellow.
Add a square of green.
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 41
1. Find green. Recall objects that are green.
2. Try to see the green square with the eyes
3. Look at the four colors.
4. Think of the four, one after another, with
the eyes closed.
Cover the squares.
5. Think the colors slowly from the top down.
From the bottom up.
6. Name the colors from the top down. From
the bottom up. Which is second from the top ?
Third from the bottom ? Second from the bottom?
7. Which color do you like best ?
Add a square of blue and work in the same manner with
the five as with the four.
Add a square of purple.
Work for a few minutes each day until the colors can
easily be seen mentally in the order given.
Show a standard color. Have pupils find tints and
shades of this color, and tell whether they are lighter or
darker than the standard.
Have pupils bring things that are shades or tints of
Using colored crayon or water-colors, have pupils com-
bine primary colors and tell whether the result is darker
or lighter than the standard secondary color. Example :
Mix red and yellow. Is the result darker or lighter than
the standard orange ?
Why is it one of the first duties of the schools to test
the senses and to devise means for their development ?
42 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
Handling solids. Cover the eyes.
Have a pupil handle a solid. Take it away.
Uncover the eyes. Pupil finds a solid like the one
Cover the eyes.
Give a pupil a solid. Take it away. Give him another.
Are the solids alike ?
Which is the larger ? Which is the heavier ?
Eepeat the exercise from day to day.
Judgment and memory should be carefully cultivated
through the sense of touch as well as through the sense
of sight. Touch and motion give ideas of form, distance,
direction, and situation of bodies. " All handicrafts, and
after them the higher processes of production, have grown
out of that manual dexterity in which the elaboration of
the motor faculty terminates."
Similar solids. Have a pupil select a solid and think
of some object like it. Have other pupils guess the name
of the object.
Ex. : I am thinking of something like a sphere.
Is it an orange ?
No, it is not an orange.
Is it a ball of yarn ?
It is not.
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 43
Relative magnitudes. Place a number of solids on the
1. Find the largest solid. Find the smallest
2. Find solids that are larger than other solids.
Ex. : This solid is larger than that one.
Find solids that are smaller.
3. Name objects in the room larger than other
Ex. : That eraser is larger than this piece of
Name objects less than other objects.
4. Give names of objects at home that are
smaller than other objects.
Ex. : A cup is smaller than a bowl.
5. Recall objects that are larger than other
Ex. : An orange is larger than a .peach. Some
beetles are larger than bees.
6. What animals are larger than other animals?
7. Recall objects that are smaller than other
Ex. : A base ball is smaller than a croquet
8. Find the largest pupil in the class. The
9. To-morrow tell me the names of objects that
are larger than other objects and the names of
others that are smaller.
44 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
1. Find things that are higher than other things
in the room.
Ex. : The door is higher than that table.
2. Find the tallest pupil. The shortest.
Compare heights of pupils.
Ex. : Mary is taller than Harry.
Compare the heights of other objects.
3. Recall objects that are longer than other
4. What leaves are longer than they are wide ?
What leaves are wider than they are long ?
5. To-morrow tell me the names of other leaves
that are longer than they are wide.
Cutting. Let the pupils at first cut and draw what
they choose. After a number of daily exercises, when they
have gained some command of the muscles, let them try to
cut in outline objects which you place before them or
which they have seen. Let the work be simple.
The drawing and cutting should be done freely, without
the restraint of definiteness. If you ask more than the
pupil can easily represent, the strained, unnatural tension
interferes with free muscular action. In the slow and
painful effort to represent perfectly, the mind is absorbed
in the parts and is prevented from seeing the whole.
A premature demand for definite action is a fundamental
error, in that it separates thought from expression.
" The imperative demand for finish is ruinous because
it refuses better things than finish." Euskin.
"Of course one cannot understand a child's picture-
speech at once, any more than one can his other utterances.
We must study and learn it." H. Courthope Bowen.
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 45
Building. Have pupils build prisms equal to other
Teacher shows a prism and the pupils build.
Hold the attention to the relative size. This is the
Avoid the analysis of solids until the habit of recogniz-
ing them as wholes is formed. Do not ask for number of
surfaces, lines, corners, etc. Such questions, if introduced
prematurely, tend to destroy self-activity, to interfere with
judgments of relative size and with the power to see
" Analysis is dangerous if it overrules the synthetic
faculty. Decomposition becomes deadly when it surpasses
in strength the combining and constructive energies of life,
and the separate action of the powers of the soul tends to
mere disintegration and destruction as soon as it becomes
impossible to bring them to bear as one undivided force."
Ear training. Have pupils listen and tell what they
Have pupils note sounds when various objects are struck.
Pupils close eyes. Teacher strike one of the objects.
Pupils tell which was struck.
Teacher strike two or more objects.
Pupils tell by the sound the order in which they were
Train pupils to recognize one another by their voices
and by the sounds made in walking.
Pupils close eyes and listen.
Drop a ball or marble two feet, then three.
Pupils tell which time it fell the farther.
" There are two ways, and can be only two, of seeking
and finding truth. . . . These two ways both begin from
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sense and particulars ; but their discrepancy is immense.
The one merely skims over experience and particulars in
a cursory transit ; the other deals with them in a due and
orderly manner." Bacon.
" It appears to me that by far the most extraordinary
parts of Bacon's works are those in which, with extreme
earnestness, he insists upon a graduated and successive
induction as opposed to a hasty transit from special facts
to the highest generalizations. " - Whewell.
Touch and sight training. Pupils handle -solids :
1. Find one of the largest surfaces of each
Ex. : This is one of the largest surfaces of this
2. Find one of the smallest surfaces.
3. Find surfaces that are larger than other sur-
Ex. : This surface is larger than that one.
4. Find surfaces that are smaller than other
5. Compare the size of other surfaces in the
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6. Find the largest surface or one of the largest
surfaces in the room.
7. Close the eyes, handle solids, and find largest
and smallest surfaces.
8. Cover the eyes; handle and tell names of
blocks and of other objects.
The exercises for mental training are only suggestive of
many others which teachers should devise. Be sure that
the exercises are suited to the learner's mind, and to his
Visualizing. Place on the table three objects, for
example : A box, a book, and an ink-bottle.
1. What can you tell about the box? About
the book? About the ink-bottle? Which is the
heaviest? Which is the lightest? Which is the
2. Look at the three objects carefully, one after
3. Close your eyes and picture one after an-
Cover the objects.
4. Think the objects from right to left. From
left to right.
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5. Name the objects from right to left. From
left to right.
6. Which is the third from the right? The
second from the left?
" Our bookish and wordy education tends to repress this
valuable gift of nature, visualizing. A faculty that is
of importance in all technical and artistic occupations, that
gives accuracy to our perceptions and justness to our gen-
eralizations, is starved by lazy disuse, instead of being
cultivated judiciously in such a way as will, on the whole,
bring the best return. I believe that a serious study of
the best method of developing and utilising this faculty
without prejudice to the practice of abstract thought in
symbols is one of the many pressing desiderata in the
yet unformed science of education."- Francis Galton.
When the position of every object in the group can
easily be given from memory, place another object at the
left or right. Add not more than one object in an exercise
unless the work is very easy for the pupils.
When a row of five is pictured and readily named in
any order, begin with another group of five. Each day
review the groups learned, so as to keep them vividly in
Questions or directions similar to the following will test
whether the groups are distinctly seen :
Picture each group from the right. Name objects in
each from the right.
In the third group, what is the second object from the left ?
What is the middle object in each group ? What is the
largest object in each group ?
When four or five groups can be distinctly imaged,
this exercise might give place to some other.
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Finding circles. Show pupils the base of a cup, a
cylinder, or a cone, and tell them that it is a circle.
Conduct the exercises so that the doing will call forth
variety of expression in telling what is done.
The correct use of the pronouns, verbs, etc., will thus
be secured without waste of the pupils' energy. What the
pupils see and do should lead to statements similar to the
That circle is larger than this one. I have found
a circle that is larger than that one. Helen has found
a circle larger than that one. He has found a circle
smaller than this one. They have found circles larger
than this one.
1. Find circles.
2. Find circles that are larger than others.
Find circles that are smaller.
3. Find the largest circle in the room.
4. Find one of the smallest.
5. Find circles in going to and from school and
at home, and tell me to-morrow where you saw
Finding forms of the same general shape as those taken
as types is of the highest importance. Unless this is done
pupils are not learning to pass from the particular to the
general. They are not taught to see many things through
the one, and the impression they gain is that the particular
forms observed are the only forms of this kind. Unless
that which the pupil observes aids him in interpreting
something else, it is of no value to him. Teaching is
leading pupils to discover the unity of things.
Finding rectangles. Show pupils rectangles (faces of
solids), and tell them that such faces are rectangles.
1. Find other rectangles in the room.
Ex. : This blackboard is a rectangle.
2. Find larger and smaller rectangles than
3. Find square rectangles. Find oblong rect-
Finding triangles. Show the pupils the base of a tri-
angular prism or pyramid.
The base of this solid is a triangle.
1. Find triangles in the room.
2. Find triangles that are larger and smaller
than other triangles.
Finding edges or lines. Place solids where they can be
1. Show edges of different solids.
Show one of the longest 1 edges of the largest solid.
1 The form of the solid will, of course, determine the adjective
to use. Every lesson should help to familiarize the child with
correct forms of speech.
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2. Look for the longest edges in each of the
3. Show the longer edges of other objects in
Ex. : This and that are the longer edges of the
4. Show the shorter edges of different objects.
5. Find edges of different solids and tell whether
they are longer or shorter than other edges.
Ex. : This edge of this solid is shorter than that
edge of that one.
6. Find edges of objects in the room and tell
whether they are longer or shorter than other
Ex. : This edge of the table is longer than that
edge of the desk.
7. Make sentences like this : This edge is longer
than that one and shorter than this one.
"Vision and manipulation, these, in their countless
indirect and transfigured forms, are the two cooperating
factors in all intellectual progress." John Fiske.
Relative length. Scatter sticks of different lengths
on a table.
Use one as a standard. Pupils select longer and shorter,
and state what they have selected.
After pupil selects a stick and expresses his opinion,
let him compare the sticks by placing them together.
This will aid him in forming his next judgment.
Select sticks that are a little longer or a little shorter.
This exercise will demand finer discrimination than an
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exercise where there is no restriction as to comparative
Direction and position. Pupils and teacher point :
1. Teacher: That is the ceiling. This is the
floor. That is the back wall. This is the front
wall. This is the right wall. That is the left
wall. This is the north wall. That is the south
wall. This is the east wall. That is the west
2. A pupil points and teacher tells to what he
is pointing. A pupil points and the pupils tell to
what he is pointing.
3. Tell the position of objects in the room.
Ex. : There is a picture of a little girl on the
north wall. There are three windows in the west
Place groups of solids on three or four desks in different
parts of the room, thus :
1. Tell the position of each.
Ex. : The cylinder is at the left at the back.
The cube is at the right in front.
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2. Without looking tell where the objects are.
Tell where different pupils sit.
Ex. : Mary sits on the 'second seat in the fourth row
from the right.
Place a number of objects on a table.
Let pupils look not longer than ten seconds. Cover the
objects. Have pupils tell what they saw. Practise until
pupils learn to recognize objects quickly.
Have a pupil from another class walk through the room.
Ask pupils to tell what they observed.
Such exercises as the following, if not carried to the
point of fatigue, cultivate alertness of mind, concentration,
and power to respond quickly to calls for action.
Teacher occupy a pupil's seat, give directions slowly,
then place hand where she wishes the pupils to place theirs.
1. Place hand on the front of your desk. On
the back. In the middle. At the middle of the
right edge. At the middle of the left edge. On
the right corner in front. On the left corner at
the back. On the left corner in front. On the
right corner at the back.
2. Pupil place hand and teacher or other pupil
tell where it is.
3. Pupil place an object in different positions
on the desk. Pupils tell where it is.
Give each pupil a cube. Teacher use rectangular solid
and follow her own directions.
4. Place finger on upper base. On the lower
base. On the right face. On the left face. On
the front face. On the back face.
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5. Pupils place finger and teacher tell where it
6. Pupils place finger and tell where they have
Place solids where they can be observed.
"We overlook phenomena whose existence would be
patent to us all, had we only grown up to hear it familiarly
recognized in speech." William James.
1. Tell the names of as many as you can.
2. What is the name of the first at the left?
Give name if none of the pupils know it. Of the
second ? Of the third ? Of the first, second, and
third ? Of the fourth ? Of the first, second, third,
fourth? Of the fifth ? Of the five ?
3. Look at the solids. Then think of them
Cover the solids.
4. Give names in order from left to right.
From right to left.
5. Tell position.
Ex. : The square prism is the second solid from
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Building. Give pupils a number of cubic inches.
1. Build a prism equal to this one (show prism
only for an instant).
Build a prism equal to this one.
Build a cube equal to this one.
Give other similar exercises from day to day.
Cutting. 1. Cut a slip. Cut a longer slip.
2. Cut a slip. Cut a shorter slip.
Give each pupil a square two inches long.
3. Cut larger squares than the square two
What did I ask you to cut ?
4. Cut smaller squares than the square two
What did I ask you to cut ?
5. Cut a square that is neither larger nor
smaller than the square two inches long.
Give other exercises.
" Almost invariably children show a strong tendency to
cut out things in paper, to make, to build, a propensity
which, if duly encouraged and directed, will not only pre-
pare the way for scientific conceptions, but will develop
those powers *of manipulation in which most people are
most deficient." Herbert Spencer.
Drawing. 1. Draw a square. Draw a smaller
2. Draw a large square, a small square, and
one larger than the small square and smaller
than the large square.
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3. Draw two equal squares.
4. Draw a line. Draw a longer line.
5. Draw a line. Draw a shorter line.
6. Draw a line. Draw another neither longer
nor shorter than this line. Draw other equal lines.
Do not push demands in advance of the child's growing
power to do.
Through the child's attempts to do that which it wishes,
comes the fitting of the muscles for more definite and more
complex movements. Above all things let the earlier
movements be pleasurable, that an impulse to renewed exer-
tion may be given. The desire to create is the truest
stimulus to that action which gives muscular control. Our
exactions may make the doing so disagreeable as to destroy
the desire to produce.
Relative magnitude. Place solids where they can be
1. Find solids that are a little larger than other
2. Find solids that are a little smaller.
3. Find objects that are a little larger or a
little smaller than other objects.
Ex. : That desk is a little larger than this.
4. Find surfaces of the solids that are a little
larger or a little smaller than other surfaces.
5. Find edges of the solids that are a little
longer or a little shorter than other edges.
6. Find edges of other objects that are a little
longer and those that are a little shorter than
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Cutting. 1. Cut a slip of paper. Cut another
a little longer. Another a little shorter. Measure.
2. Cut a square. Cut another a little larger.
Another a little smaller. Measure. Practise.
Drawing. 1. Draw a line. Draw another a
little longer. Another a little shorter. Measure.
2. Draw a square. Draw another a little longer.
Another a little smaller. Measure. Practise.
Cutting. 1. Cut a slip of paper. Try to cut
another equal in length to the first. Look at
them. Which is the longer ? Place them together
to see if they are equal. Practise cutting and
Give each pupil paper and an oblong rectangle.
2. Cut a rectangle as large as, or equal to, the
rectangle I have given you. What are you to
cut ? Is the rectangle you cut as long as the
rectangle I gave you ? Is it as wide ? Does the
one you cut exactly cover the one I gave you ?
Are the two rectangles equal ? Practise trying to
cut a rectangle exactly the same size as or equal
to the one I gave you.
Equality. " The intuition underlying all quantitative
reasoning is that of the equality of two magnitudes."
1. Find solids and other objects that are equal.
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2. Find solids in which the surfaces are all
3. Find solids that have surfaces of only two
4. Find solids that have surfaces of three sizes.
5. Find solids in which the edges are all equal.
6. Find solids that have edges of two different
7. Find solids that have edges of three different
8. Find a solid that has four equal surfaces.
How many other equal surfaces has it?
9. Find a solid that has two equal large sur-
10. Find a solid that has two equal small sur-
11. Find a solid that has four equal long edges.
12. Show me an edge of one solid equal to an
edge of another.
13. Show me two edges of a solid which, if put
together, will equal one edge of another.
14. Find objects in the room that are equal, or
of the same size.
Ex. : Those two windows are equal. Those two
erasers are equal.
Give each pupil a square.
1. Cut a square equal to the one I have given
you. Compare. Is the square you have cut equal
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to the one I gave you ? Practise cutting and com-
Give each pupil a triangle.
2. Cut a triangle equal to the one I have given
you? Compare. Are they equal? Which is the
1. Draw a line. Draw another equal to the
first. Measure. Are the lines equal ?
Give each pupil a square.
2. Draw a square equal to the one I have given
you. Do the squares look exactly alike ? Meas-
ure. Are they equal ?
3. Draw a triangle. Draw an equal triangle.
Do the triangles look exactly alike? Are they
1. Show me equal surfaces in the room. Equal
2. Show me the equal long edges of the black-
board. How many equal long edges has the
blackboard? How many short? Show me the
two equal long edges and the two equal short
edges of other surfaces.
3. Show me the two largest surfaces of this
4. A chalk-box has surfaces of how many sizes?
Show a real brick or a paper model.
5. How many equal large surfaces has a brick ?
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How many equal small surfaces? How many
other equal surfaces ?
6. Show me a surface in one solid equal to a
surface in another.
7. Show me two surfaces which, if put together,
will equal one surface that you see.
8. Show me one of the longest edges of this
box. One of the shortest. One of the other
9. How many equal long edges has the bc5x?
How many equal short edges ? How many other
equal edges ?
10. How many rows of desks do you see ?
11. Show me two equal rows.
Pupil observe objects. Cover his eyes. Let another
pupil substitute an object for one of those observed.
Uncover eyes. Pupil tell what was taken away and what
was put in its place.
Secure sets of squares and of other rectangles of differ-
ent dimensions. Scatter sets over the table. 1
Train pupils to select those that are equal.
Ex. : That square rectangle equals this one, or that
oblong rectangle equals this one, or James found a square
equal to this one.
Secure variety of statement.
Cutting. 1. Look at a cube 2 in. long and cut
a square equal to one of its surfaces, or look at a
1 Length of squares, 2 in., 2| in., 3 in., 3 in., 4 in. Dimen-
sions of oblong rectangles, 1 X 2, 2x2, 3x2, 4x2, 5x2,
and others 1 X 3, 2 x 3, 3 X 3, 4 X 3, 5 X 3, 6 X 3.
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square rectangle 2 in. long and cut an equal one.
What did I ask you to cut ?
Let pupils criticise their own work. Do not tell them
that the square rectangle they cut is too large or too small ;
let them compare and tell you. The work will be good,
no matter how crude or imperfect, if it is the best the
pupil can do. Growth is possible only from the basis of
genuine, natural expression.
2. Practise cutting and comparing.
3. Cut a square rectangle two inches long with-
out observing model.
4. Cut a rectangle whose length and width are
the same. Measure. Are they equal ? What is
the name of this figure ? Practise.
To-morrow, have pupils cut the square rectangle again.
Have them tell what they cut, in order to learn to asso-
ciate the language with the thing.
Give pupils square rectangles four inches long and train
them to cut, first when observing, then from memory.
Give pupils rectangles 4 in. by 2 in., and tell them to
cut rectangles 4 in. by 2 in.
5. What did I tell you to cut ? After cutting,
compare and measure.
6. What are the names of the three forms that
you have cut ?
7. What is the width of the square 2 in. long ?
Of the square 4 in. long ?
Why are a child's ideas necessarily crude rather than
complete ? What, then, should be true of his outward
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Why is it impossible to secure perfect forms from
young children without interfering with mental and moral
" We shall not begin with a pedantic and tiresome insist-
ence on accuracy (which is not a characteristic of the
young mind), but endeavor steadily to lead up to it to
grow it producing at the same time an ever-increasing
appreciation of its value." H. Courthope Bowen.
As before urged, let the work be done freely. Unnatural
restraint in expressing results in lack of feeling. It
lessens desire to see and to do. The use of things in
which mathematical relations are conspicuous furnishes
no excuse for disregarding the truth that progress in the
power to represent either within or without is ever from
the less to the more definite. The child is not troubled
by a complexity or a definiteness which it does not see.
Teaching in harmony with nature will permit the child to
see freely and express freely.
Exercise in judging will gradually increase the power
of definite thinking ; and exercise in doing the power of
Drawing. Draw 6-in. squares on different parts of the
Pupils observe and try to draw equal squares. Meas-
ure, and try again.
Let one pupil draw and others estimate whether the
square is larger, smaller, or equal to the 6-in. square.
Have pupils measure after drawing, so that they may
see mistakes and make more accurate estimates. v
Draw lines a foot long. Pupils observe the lines and
try to draw equal lines.
Let one pupil draw and others estimate whether the
lines are longer, shorter, or equal.
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Pupils find edges of objects that they think are a foot
Without pupils observing you, draw lines a foot long,
a little more than a foot long, and others a little less than
a foot long.
Arrange obliquely, horizontally, and vertically. Letter
A, B, (7, etc.
Pupils select different lines. Ex. : The line C is less
than a foot long. Other pupils tell whether they agree
Have pupils find edges in the room a little more or a
little less than a foot long.
Without pupils observing you, draw a line 2 ft.
Have pupils estimate the length. Let them measure.
Without pupils observing you, draw lines on the board
less than 2 ft., more than 2 ft., and 2 ft. Letter.
Have pupils estimate the lengths. Ex. : I think the
line B is more than 2 ft. long. Measure.
Have pupils find edges in room a little more or a little
less than 2 ft. long.
Draw a 6-in. line on the board. Do not separate into
inches. Draw a foot. Pupils look at both lines. How
many 6-in. lines in the foot ?
Draw a 4-in. line. Pupils observe and draw. Observe
the foot and the 4-in, line. How many 4-in. lines in a
Place the solids where they can be handled. Pupils
estimate the length of edges. Measure.
Have pupils show edges of solids that they think are
4 in. long.
Have pupils tell how long, wide, and high they think
each solid is. Ex. : I think this solid is 4 in. long, 2 in.
wide, and 1 in. high, or it is 4 in. by 2 in. by 1 in.
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" If the judgment made be original, then the standpoint
of the one making the judgment is disclosed." William
Building. If a direction is not understood, the teacher
should explain by doing a thing similar to that she wishes
done. Thus, if she says build a unit equal to f of this
one, and the pupils do not understand, she should build a
unit equal to f of it. Then the pupils should build units
equal to f of other units.
1. Using cubes, make a prism equal to this one.
2. Using cubes, make a prism two times as
large as this one.
Continue to build prisms two times as large as those
selected until this can be done easily.
3. Build a block equal to f of this one.
4. Build one equal to f of this one. Of this
5. Build a block equal to ^ of this one. ^ of
"Doing, or rather, expressive doing, reveals to the
teacher the nature of his pupil's knowledge ; exhibits to
the pupil new connections and suggests others still ; de-
velops skill or effectiveness in doing as mere exercise of
information seldom does, or does but feebly ; and trains
the muscles, the nerves, and the organs of sense to be
willing, obedient, effective servants of the mind." H.
Cutting. Give pupils paper rectangles of different
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 65
1. Cut a rectangle into two equal parts. After
cutting, place the parts together to see if they are
equal. Practise cutting and comparing the two
2. Cut rectangles into three equal parts. Com-
pare the parts. Are they all equal ? Practise.
Drawing. 1. Draw a line. Place a point in
the middle of the line. Measure to see if the
parts are equal. Try again. Measure. Is one of
the parts longer than the other ? Are the parts
equal ? What is meant by equal ? Show me one
of the two equal parts. Show me the other.
2. Draw a line. Separate it into two equal
parts. Measure. Are the parts equal ? Separate
the line into four equal parts. Show me one of
the four equal parts. Show me three of the four
equal parts. Show me the four equal parts.
3. Draw a line. Separate it into three equal
parts. Measure. Are the parts equal ?
4. Show me where the line should be drawn to
separate the blackboard into two equal parts.
Point to the two equal parts of the board.
5. Can you see the two equal parts of the floor?
Of the top of your desk? Show me two equal
parts of other things in the room.
Give each pupil a square.
6. Measure the edges of the square. What is
true of the edges of the square? Find other
squares in the room.
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7. Draw a square. Measure. Are the edges
equal ? How many equal edges has a square ?
Practise trying to draw squares.
8. Draw an oblong rectangle. Measure the
two long edges. Are they equal? Measure the
two short edges. Are they equal ? Practise try-
ing to draw oblong rectangles.
Equality. Place solids where they can be handled.
1. Show a part of that solid equal to this one.
2. Show a part of one solid equal to another.
3. Show a part of that rectangle equal to this
4. Show other parts that are equal.
5. What part of that solid equals this one ?
(Give the name of the part if none of the pupils
6. Show the part of that rectangle equal to
7. What is the name of the part of that rect-
angle equal to this one ?
Building. Give pupils cubes. Show a unit.
1. Build a unit equal to this one.
2. Separate the unit into two equal parts.
3. This is J of the unit.
Show the other half. Hold up the f .
Put the halves together. Put one half on the
top of the other.
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Show a larger unit.
4. Build a unit equal to ^ of this one.
5. Build another unit equal to f of ito
6. Build another unit equal to f of it.
Relative Magnitude. 1. Draw a line. Sepa-
rate it into two equal parts. This is ^ of the
line. Show me the other half. Show me the f
of the line.
2. Show me J of the top of your desk. Show
me of the blackboard. Show me % of this solid.
Show me ^ of that solid. Show me f of that
3. Draw a line. Draw another as long as J of
the first. Measure.
4. Draw a line. Draw another two times as
long. Show me the part of the second line that
is as long as the first. What part of the second
line equals the first? The first line is as long as
what part of the second ? The first line equals
what part of the second ?
5. Cut a slip of paper. Cut another slip J as
long. Measure. Cut a slip of paper. Cut an-
other equal to J of the first. What did I ask you
6. Cut a rectangle. Cut another two times as
large. Show me the second rectangle you cut.
What part of the second rectangle is as large as
the first ?
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7. Use sticks and lay lines two times as long as
8. Use sticks and make rectangles two times as
large as other rectangles.
Have pupils handle solids and tell into how many equal
smaller solids a larger solid can be cut.
Avoid the frequent use of any particular solid, surface,
or line, in making comparisons. To use an inch cube, a
two-inch cube, a foot, or a yard in the elementary work
oftener than other units are used interferes with free
Place on the table various solids, cardboard rectangles,
both square and oblong, and other objects. Let each
pupil take one object.
Teacher : John, what have you ?
I have a sphere.
Other pupils tell what they have. Pupils tell what
other pupils have. Ex. : William has a red square.
Teacher: Who has the largest solid? Who have solids
that are alike ?
Place objects upon other objects and tell what was done.
Ex. : I put a cone upon a cube. Mary placed a cone
upon a cube.
Place two objects together and tell what you did.
Ex. : I put a square and an oblong rectangle upon the
Tell what are in a group of three objects.
Ex. : A knife, a pen, and a pencil are in that group.
I have a sphere, a prism, and a cylinder.
Relative magnitude. 1. Tell all you can about
A and B.
2. B is as large as how many As ?
3. What part of B is as large as At A equals
what part of B ?
4. B equals how many times A ?
Place pairs of solids having the ratio two where they
can be handled by the class.
5. Observe solids and make sentences like this :
This solid can be cut into two solids each as large
as that one.
6 . Have pupils discover all the relations they can.
The things between which the relation ^-, -J-, f , J, 2, 3, 4,
etc., is seen, should vary. Keep in view the fact that the
thing is its relations. (See page 19.) That which the pupil
sees as ^ when related to a unit twice its size he should
see as -J- or 2 according to that with which it is compared.
He will do so if there is a proper presentation. At first
his perceptions of these relations will be dim. They will
gradually develop according to his experience.
" There must be accumulation of experiences, more
numerous, more varied, more heterogeneous there must
be a correlative gradual increase of organized faculty."
"The formation of an idea is anorganic evolution which
is gradually completed, in consequence of successive expe-
riences of a like kind." Dr. Maudsley.
Draw the units on the blackboard, making C 6 in. long.
1. Tell all you can about these units or rect-
angles. How many of these rectangles are square?
How many oblong ?
2. Find the units that are equal.
3. The different units can be cut into what?
Ex. : The unit Tcan be cut into two M's.
4. Make sentences like this : One half of B
5. Find units equal to ^ of other units.
6. Find units two times as large as other
7. Draw the units again to a different scale and
continue the work.
Draw the units on the blackboard, making B 6 in. long.
1. Find out all you can about these units.
2. Find the equal units.
3. Find units equal to ^ of other units.
Ex. : The unit / equals ^ of 0.
4. Make sentences like this : One half of M
5. The different units can be made into what
Ex. : The unit M can be made into four (7's.
6. Find units two times as large as other units.
Ex. : The unit M equals two times A.
The number of repetitions needed will depend greatly
upon the manner of presentation. But no art, no mode of
work can alter the fact that time is required, that ideas
are the result of an organizing process.
Building. Show a prism 3 by 1 by 1.
1. Build a unit equal to this one.
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2. Separate the unit into three equal parts.
3. Show me the three equal parts.
4. Hold up two of the three equal parts.
5. Show me one of the three equal parts.
Show a unit 6 by 1 by 1.
1. Build a unit equal to this one.
2. Separate the unit into three equal parts.
3. Show me the three equal parts.
4. Show me one of the three equal parts.
5. Show me two of the three equal parts.
Show a unit 3 by 2 by 1.
1. Build a unit equal to one of the three equal
2. Build another equal to two of the three
3. Build another equal to the three equal parts.
Cutting. Give each pupil several rectangles of differ-
1. Cut a rectangle into three equal parts.
What did I tell you to do ? Place the three parts
together. Are the three parts equal ? Practise
cutting and comparing.
Drawing. 1. Draw a line. Separate it into
three equal parts. Measure. Is one of the parts
shorter than one of the others?
2. Draw lines of different lengths and practise
trying to divide them into three equal parts.
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3. Draw rectangles of different sizes and prao
tise trying to separate them into three equal parts*
4. Show me where lines should be drawn to
separate the blackboard into three equal parts.
Move your hand over each of the three equal
parts of the blackboard.
Select different solids.
5. Show me where each should be cut to sepa-
rate it into three equal parts.
6. Find a solid that can be made into three
parts, each as large as this solid.
Ex.: That solid can be made into three solids
each as large as this one.
Give each pupil a piece of paper on which there is
drawn a line equal to D.
1. Draw a line equal to D.
2. Draw a line two times as long as D.
3. Draw a line three times as long as D.
4. Name the lines D, A, B.
5. A is how many times as long as D ?
6. B is how many times as long as Z)?
7. Show me ^ of A. B is how many times as
long as i of A ?
8. Show me ^ of A. Draw a line three times
as long as J of A.
9. Draw a line equal to the sum of D and A.
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The sum of D and A equals what line ?
10. If we call D I, what ought we to call A ?
What ought we to call B ?
11. The sum of A and D equals what? The
sum of 1 and 2 equals what ?
Relative magnitude. Give each pupil a square inch
and an oblong 2 in. by 1 in. and another 3 in. by 1 in.
1. What is the length of the square rectangle ?
How long is the largest rectangle ? What is the
length of the other rectangle ?
2. Show me the rectangle 2 in. by 1 in. The
rectangle 3 in. by 1 in. Point to each rectangle
and describe it.
Ex. : This is a square rectangle 1 in. long.
3. Call the largest rectangle B 9 the smallest 0,
and the other N. Show me 0. Show me B.
Show me N.
4. JVis as large as how many O's ? What part
of N equals ? N equals how many times ?
equals what part of JV?
5. B is as large as how many O's ? B equals
how many times ? Show me of N. B is how
many times as large as J of JV?
6. If we call , what is Nt What is
7. Cut rectangles equal to 0, JV, and B.
1. Place and ^together and make one rect-
angle of the two. How long is the rectangle you
have made ? How wide is it ? It is as large as
what rectangle ? It equals what rectangle ?
2. Place 0, JV, and B together, making one rect-
angle of the three. How long is the rectangle ?
This rectangle could be cut into how many B's ?
Into how many N's ?
3. Show me ^ of the rectangle. B is what
part of the rectangle ? If you put two rectangles
together, the new rectangle is called the sum.
The sum of and N is what part of the rect-
4. If we call 1, what ought we to call Nt
What ought we to call. 5? Show me the unit 3.
The unit 2. The unit 1.
Use different magnitudes, and change their arrangement
very often. If this is not done the objective representa-
tions become the thing, and the relation, which is the
essence of the subject, is not brought into consciousness
at all. We prevent the perception of truth when our presen-
tation limits the relation to particular things. (See preface.)
1. Tell all you can about
the units 1, 2, and 3.
2. The unit 2 is how many
times as large as the unit 1 ?
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What part of 2 is as large as 1 ? The unit 3 is
how many times as large as the unit 1 ? Show
me J of the unit 2. The unit 3 is how many
times as large as half of the unit 2 ? The unit 3
is as large as how many halves of 2 ? The unit
3 equals how many 1's?
1. Place the units 1 and 2 together. The sum
of 1 and 2 equals what ? The unit 3 is how much
greater than the unit 1 ?
Ans. : The unit 3 is 2 greater than the unit 1,
The unit 3 is how much greater than 2 ? How
much less is the unit 2 than the unit 3 ? The
unit 1 is how much less than the unit 3 ? The
unit 3 is as large as the sum of what two units ?
Two and what equal 3 ? One and what equal 3 ?
2. Make one rectangle of 1, 2, and 3. The
sum of 1 and 2 is what part of the rectangle ?
The unit 3 is what part of the rectangle ?
3. Show me the two equal units that make the
rectangle. Show me the three equal units in the
rectangle. What three unequal units do you see
in the rectangle ? Separate the rectangle into two
unequal units. What are the names of the two
unequal units in the rectangle ?
4. The rectangle equals how many 3's ? How
many 2's ?
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5. If the 1 is worth a nickel, what is the 2
6. If you pay a nickel for the 1, how many
nickels ought you to pay for the 3 ?
7. If 2 cost a dime, 1 will cost what part of a
8. The cost of the 1 equals what part of the
cost of the 2 ?
9. The cost of 3 equals how many times the cost
10. Show me the part of 3 that will cost as
much as 2.
11. If an apple costs 3/ ? how many 3-/ will two
12. How many times as long will it take to
walk two blocks as to walk one block ?
13. What part of the time that it takes to walk
two blocks will it take to walk one block ?
14. If three tops cost 6/, what part of 6/ will
two tops cost?
Draw the three rectangles on the blackboard to the
scale of 1 foot to the inch.
1. If the length of the square rectangle is 1,
what is the length of each of the others ? What
is the height of each ?
2. What is the number of feet in the length of
each rectangle ?
3. Show me the rectangle 1 ft. by 1 ft. The
rectangle 1 ft. by 2 ft. The rectangle 1 ft. by 3 ft.
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4. Show me the upper edge of the middle rect-
angle. The lower edge. The right edge. The
left edge. How many edges has each rectangle ?
Show me the entire edge or the perimeter of each.
5. How many feet in the perimeter of the
square foot ? How many feet in the perimeter
of the middle rectangle ? In the perimeter of the
largest rectangle ? Letter the rectangles 0, A,
6. Have pupils tell all they can about the rela-
tions -of the rectangles 0, A, and B.
7. Name the rectangles 1, 2, and 3. Have
pupils tell all they can about 1, 2, and 3. See
questions on 1, 2, and 3 in preceding lesson.
Cutting 1. Cut a rectangle, making its length
and width equal. If we call the length of the
rectangle 1, what ought we to call its width?
Practise cutting rectangles whose edges are*l by 1.
2. Cut a rectangle, making its length 2 and its
width 1. Measure. The length of the rectangle
is how many times its width ? If the width of
this rectangle is 1, what is its length ? Cut rect-
angles making the dimensions 1 by 3. Measure.
Drawing. 1. Try to draw rectangles on the
blackboard 1 by 1. Measure.
2. Draw rectangles on the blackboard 1 by 2.
3. Draw rectangles whose edges will be repre-
sented by 1 and 2.
4. The length is how many times as great as
the height ?
Drawing should prolong attention. For the teacher,
drawing should be an index of what the child can see
Cutting. 1. This rectangle is 1. Cut a 1, a 2,
and a 3.
2. The 2 you have cut equals how
many times the 1 ?
3. The 3 you have cut equals how
many times the 1 ?
4. If you put the 1, 2, and 3 together,
the sum will make how many 3's ? How many
2's ? How many 1's ?
Drawing. 1. This is 3. Draw a 3, a 2, a 1.
2. Have a pupil draw a unit
on the blackboard and name it 1,
2, or 3. Have other pupils draw
the other two units. Use lines
Relative sizes. Place the cube 1
in. long, the solid 1 in. by 1 in. by 2 in., and the solid 1
in. by 1 in. by 3 in. where they can be seen. Name them
C, D, and A.
1. What is the name of the largest unit? The
name of the smallest ? Of the other unit ?
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2. Look at the units C, D, and A, and tell all
you can about them.
3. D equals how many C"s? A equals how
many C 's ? D is how many times as large as C ?
A is how many times as large as C ? A equals
how many times C ?
4. Show | of D. What part of D equals (7?
A equals how many times -| of D ?
5. Put C and D together. The sum of C and
D equals what unit ? The sum of C and D equals
how many C's ? Put C, D, and A together.
How many A's in the sum ? How many jD's ?
How many C's ?
6. If we call C 1, what ought we to call Z)?
What ought we to call A ? Show me the 1. The
2. The 3.
7. Look at the units 1, 2, and 3, and tell all
you can about them.
8. The unit 2 is as large as how many 1's ?
The 3 is as large as how many 1's?
9. What part of 2 is as large as 1 ? Show me
the part of 3 that is as large as 1 ? Show me the
part of 3 that is as large as 2.
10. 3 is how much greater than 1 ? 3 is how
much greater than 2 ? 1 is how much less than
3 ? 2 is how much less than 3 ? Put 1 and 2
together. The sum of 1 and 2 equals what unit ? l
1 The child understands spoken language before he uses it ; he
acquires it unconsciously. Let him have the same opportunities
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Unite the units 1, 2, and 3.. The sum equals how
many 3's ? How many 2's ?
11. If you put (7, -D, and A together, how high
a post will they make ? What is -| of the height
of the post ? Two inches equals what part of the
height of the post ? The top of the post is what
kind of a rectangle ?
1. Cover the eyes of different pupils and place
solids in their hands. Let pupils tell relative
sizes of solids and surfaces and the relative lengths
2. Find units that you can call 1, 2, and 3.
3. Show a unit that is two times as large as
this one. Show different units that equal two
times other units.
Ex. : This unit equals two times that unit.
4. Show different units that equal three times
Ex. : This unit equals three times that one.
5. Tell things like this : This is a 2, for it is two
times as large as that unit.
6. Tell things like this: That is a 1 ? for this
unit equals ^ of it.
in learning to associate ideas with sight-forms. From day to day
place upon the blackboard the expression for the relations dis-
covered. At first do not ask attention to them. When the child
wishes to use them, a great step toward the power to express will
have been taken. Let that which you write mean something to
the child, as that which he hears does ; let it symbolize his thought.
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7. Find solids whose surfaces represent 1 and
2. How many of the surfaces may we call 1 ?
How many 2 ?
8. Find surfaces of different solids whose rela-
tions are 1, 2, and 3.
9. Find edges that we may call 1 and 2. Tell
how many 1's and how many 2's you find in the
edges of the solid.
Relations of quart and pint. Show pupils the pint
and quart measures. Have them find the number of pints
equal to a quart by measuring.
1. After measuring, tell all you can about the
quart and the pint.
This free work is far more valuable than that induced
by questions. Both the weak and the strong have oppor-
tunities to show their power, while the exercise tends to
develop self-activity ; that is, it fosters a desire to discover
when not acting under the stimulus of questions.
Too much questioning interferes with the natural action
of the mind in relating and unifying. It isolates ideas.
It prevents the teacher from seeing the real state of the
pupil's mind. What is wanted is a questioning attitude,
a curiosity which will sustain interest and strengthen
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2. What is sold by the pint and by the quart ?
3. A quart is how many times as large as a
4. What part of a quart is as large, or as much,
as a pint ?
5. A quart is how much more than a pint ?
6. A pint is how much less than a quart ?
7. A quart and a pint equal how many pints ?
8. Show me 1| quarts. What have you shown
9. 1J quarts equal how many pints ?
10. If we call a pint 1, what ought we to call
a quart ? Why ?
11. If we call a quart 2, what ought we to call
the sum of a quart and a pint ?
12. If a quart is 1, what is a pint?
Fill the quart and pint measures with water, and let
each pupil lift the two measures.
1. Which is the heavier, the quart of water
or the pint ?
2. The quart of water is how many times as
much as the pint ?
3. What part of the quart weighs as much as
the pint ?
4. The weight of a pint equals what part of
the weight of a quart ?
5. The weight of a quart equals the weight of
how many pints ?
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6. A pint of water weighs a pound; how much
does a quart of water weigh ?
7. What part of a quart of water weighs a
8. The sum of a quart and a pint of water
weighs how many pounds ?
9. Compare the weight of different solids with
the weight of a pint of water.
Ex. : This solid weighs less than a pound, or
this solid weighs a little more or a little less than
10. If a pint of milk costs 3/, what ought a
quart to cost ?
11. In a quart there are how many pints ? In
3 quarts there are how many 2-pints ?
12. How much milk should be put into a quart
measure to make it half full ?
Relation of the foot and six inches. Have pupils try
to draw lines of the same relative length as the foot and
the 6-in. on paper and on the black-
board. After the practice in drawing
and in telling what they can about the
relations, draw the foot and the 6-in. lines on the board.
1. Tell all you can about these lines.
2. What is the length of the longer line?
What is the length of the shorter line ?
3. Into how many 6-in. can a foot be separated ?
4. A foot is how much longer than 6 inches ?
5. 6 in. and how many inches equal a foot ?
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6. 6 in. are how much shorter than a foot?
7. Show me the part of a foot that equals 6 in.
8. What part of a foot equals 6 in.?
9. A foot is how many times as long as 6 in. ?
10. 6 in. equals what part of a foot ?
11. How many 6-in. in a foot ? In 2 ft. ?
12. Two 6-in. equal what?
13. 6 in. and 1 ft. are how many 6-in. ?
14. How many 6-in. in 1^ ft. ?
15. If we call 6 in. 1, what ought we to call a
16. If a foot is 1, what is 6 in. ?
17. If we call 6 in. 1 ? what ought we to call
18. Why ought we to call 2 ft. 4, if we call
6 in. 1 ?
19. Review without observing the foot and the
Relative length. Give each pupil an equilateral tri-
angle having a 2-in. base.
1. Cut an equilateral triangle as large as this
one. Measure the edges. Are
they equal ? Practise cutting and
2. Draw an equilateral triangle.
Measure the edges. Are they
equal? Practise drawing and measuring.
3. Try to draw a line equal to the sum of two
86 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
edges of the triangle. Is the line you have drawn
two times as long as one of the edges of the tri-
4. Draw a line equal to the sum of the edges of
the triangle. Is the line you have drawn three
times as long as one of the edges of the triangle ?
Measure. Try again.
5. Show me the perimeter of the triangle.
How many 2-in. in the perimeter of the triangle ?
6. Let one pupil try to draw an equilateral tri-
angle on the board. Other pupils criticise.
7. Tell all you can about this equilateral tri-
Relation of the yard and the foot. Draw a line a
yard long on the blackboard. Draw another a foot long.
Give the names of each.
1. What is the name of the longer line? Of
the shorter line ? Show me the yard.
2. Tell all you can about the yard and the foot.
3. How many feet do you think there are in a
yard ? Measure. A yard is how much longer than
a foot ? A foot is how much shorter than a yard ?
4. A yard equals how r many times a foot ?
5. Into how many equal parts must you sepa-
rate a yard to make each part a foot long ?
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6. A yard of ribbon contains how many feet ?
7. Have pupils try to place points a foot apart
on the blackboard. Pupils in class tell whether
they are more or less than a foot apart. Measure.
Estimate the number of yards in different
lengths, heights, edges.
Ex. : The height of that door is more than
2 yds. but less than 3.
8. How many feet in a yard ? How many 3-ft.
in 2 yds.? In 4 yds.?
Problems. 1. If I have 2 apples in my pocket
and ^ as many in my hand, how many have I in
my hand? ,
2. If I pay 4/ for a yard of ribbon, how much
must I pay for ^ yd. ?
3. If 1 ft. of molding costs 2/, how many 2-/
will 1 yd. cost ?
4. If 1 ft. of molding costs 17/, how many
17-/ will 1 yd. cost?
5. If ^ barrel of flour lasts 1 month, how long
will 1 barrel last ?
6. I use 1 yd. of ribbon for a hat and f of a
yard for a collar ; how many feet do I use ?
7. I had 4 horses and sold J of them ; how
many did I sell ?
8. Mary had a quart of berries and sold a pint.
What part of her berries did she sell ?
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Relative magnitude. Show pupils 1, 2, 3. Call them
t, t, 1-
1. What are the names of these units ?
2. What is the name of the largest ? Of the
smallest ? Of the next to the largest ?
3. Put and f together. The sum of and f
equals what ?
4. What must be added to the unit f to make
the unit 1 ?
5. The unit 1 is how much larger than the unit
6. You can separate the unit 1 into how many
7. What part of f is as large as J ?
8. What part of 1 equals the | ?
9. What part of 1 equals the f ?
10. The unit 1 is how many times as large as
11. i equals what part of f ? Of 1 ?
12. Show f of the top of this table. Show f of
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Select other solids Laving the same relative size, and
call them -J-, f , 1. Pupils compare. Tell all they can.
1. Show f, f, and | of different objects in the
2. Practise making units of cubes equal to f
of other units.
3. Practise making units equal to f of other
4. Practise making units equal to ^ of others.
Give each pupil a square inch, a rectangle 2 in. by 1 in.,
and one 3 in. by 1 in. Call them , f , 1.
1. Tell all you can about the units ^ f,
2. What part of f equals the J ?
3. How many ^ in the 1 ?
4. What part of the 1 equals the ?
5. The unit 1 is how many times as large as
the unit ?
6. Show me ^ of the f. The unit 1 is how
many times as large as ^ of the f ?
Draw the units on the blackboard to the scale of 1 ft. to
1. If the largest unit is 1, what is the name of
each of the others ?
2. Tell all you can about the relations of these
Ask questions similar to those above.
3. If the ^ is worth 5/ ? what is |- worth ?
4. If the | is worth 3/ ? how many 3-/ is the 1
Draw the figures of the diagram on the blackboard;
making A 6 in. long. After pupils have studied and com-
pared them, draw to some other scale.
1. Tell all you can about the relation of these
2. If A is 1, how many 1's in the diagram ?
Can you find five other figures as large as A ?
3. If A is 1, how many 2's do you see ? How
many 3's ?
4. If B is 1, how many 1's do you see ? How
many 2's ? How many 3's ?
5. If B is 1, how many of the figures are
6. If Gr is 1, how many 1's in the diagram?
How many 2's ? How many 3's ?
7. If G is 1, what is A ? If G is 1, how many
of the figures are thirds ? How many represent
| ? How many f ? The figure If equals how
8. If A is a 6-in. square, each of the others
equals how many 6-in. squares?
9. Make sentences like this: The sum of A and
B equals G.
Draw a yard, a foot, and 6 in. on the blackboard.
1. Tell all that you can about the relations of
2. The yard equals how many feet ? The yard
is how many times as long as the foot ?
3. The foot is how many times as long as the
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6-in. ? How many 6-in. in the foot ? In the
Problems. 1. The cost of 1 ft. of paving equals
what part of the cost of 1 yd. ?
2. 1 yd. will cost how many times as much as
i of a yd.?
3. 1 yd. will cost how many times as much as
4. The cost of 2 ft. of molding equals what
part of the cost of 1 yd. ?
5. James has 3 marbles and John has f as
many ; how many has John ?
6. If a quart of milk costs 8/, what part of 8/
will a pint cost ?
7. If a cup of sugar is used in making a cake,
how many cups will be needed in making a cake
3 times as large ?
8. If the smaller cake is enough for 1 lunch,
the larger is enough for how many lunches ?
9. If 3 yds. of tape cost 24/, what part of 24/
will 2 yds. cost ?
10. This line represents the cost
of 1 yd. of cloth ; draw a line to represent the cost
of | of a yd.
11. This line represents the cost of 6 in.
of ribbon ; draw a line to represent the cost of
1 ft. Of 1 yd.
12. If $2 is the cost of ^ of a ton of coal, what
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is the cost of 1 ton of coal ? Show relative cost
by drawing two rectangles.
13. This line represents the cost of 2 ft. ;
draw a line to represent the cost of 1 yd.
14. 2 ft. of cord cost 6/. The cost of 1 yd.
equals how many halves of 6/ ?
Draw a square foot on the blackboard.
1. Show the perimeter of the
square foot. What have you
shown ? How many feet in the
perimeter of the square foot ?
2. How many 6-in. lines in
one edge of the square foot ? In
the perimeter of the square foot?
Ratios of length. Draw a foot on the blackboard.
Draw a 4-in. line. Pupils practise drawing and meas-
uring these lines.
1. Tell all you can about these lines.
Give the pupils the names of these lines.
2. What is the name of the longer line ? What
is the name of the shorter line ?
3. Into how many 4-in. can a foot be divided ?
4. 4 in. and how many 4-in. equal 1 ft. ?
5. 2* 4-in. and how many inches equal 1 ft. ?
6. Show the part of a foot that equals 4 in.
7. What part of a foot equals 4 in. ?
8. What part of a foot equals 6 in.?
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9. 4 in. equal what part of a foot ?
10. A foot is how many times as long as 4 in. ?
As 6 in. ?
11. How many 4-in. in a foot ?
12. Show me f of a foot. How many 4-in. in f
of a foot ?
13. If we call 4-in. 1, what should we call a
14. If a foot is 3, what is 4 in. ?
15. If 4 in. is , a foot is how many thirds ?
16. Show the part of a foot that is 2 times as
long as 4 in.
What part of a foot is 2 times as long as 4 in. ?
What part of a foot equals 6 in. ?
Keview without observing the lines. Have pupils prac-
tise placing dots 1 ft. apart. Six inches apart.
Relative size. Let pupils handle solids which repre-
sent 1, 2, 3, and 4. Call them A, B, C, and D.
1. What is the name of the largest solid ? Of
the smallest? Of the next to the largest? Of
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the next to the smallest ? Give the names in
order, beginning with the smallest. What is the
name of the unit that is three times as large
2. Tell all you can about the units.
Let it be the constant practice first to permit the pupils
to see what they can. The questions of the book are to
aid the teacher and not to enslave the pupil. Questions
have their value, but when they force details upon a mind
unprepared for them, when they destroy the significance
of the whole, when they limit individual seeing, when they
interfere with the relating, unifying action of the mind,
they are intellectual poison.
3. Into how many A's can you divide each
4. Each unit equals how many As ? D equals
how many .Z?'s ?
5. Place A and B together. The sum of A
and B equals what unit ?
6. Place A and C together. The sum of A and
C equals what unit ?
7. The sum of A and C equals how many 5's ?
8. Place B and D together. How many (7's in
the sum of B and D ?
9. The sum of C and B equals how many A'a ?
10. The unit B is how many times as large as
A ? The unit C equals how many times A ? The
unit D equals how many times B ? The unit D
equals how many times A ?
11. Show me f of .C. The unit D is how many
times as large as f of C ?
12. What part of D equals A ? What part of
C equals A ? Show the part of D that is as
large as A.
13. Show me f of C. What part of C is as
large as B ?
14. If A is 2, B is how many 2's? C is how
many 2's ? D is how many 2's ?
1. Show me the part of D that is as large as B.
What part of D equals 5?
2. (7 is how many times as large as A ? Show
me ^ of B. C is how many times as large as \
3. Z) is how many times as large as A ? D is
how many times as large as B ? Show me J of (7.
D is how many times as large as ^ of (7? Z)
equals how many thirds of C ?
4. I of C equals what unit? } of C equals
what part of B ? ^ of (7 equals J of what unit ?
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5. Move your finger from the top to the bottom
of A. Over of B. Over of C. Over of Z>.
What is true of these four units ? What units are
of the same size as A ? Show me again the four
equal units. What are the names of the four
equal units ?
6. Move your finger over B. Over f of C. Over
^ of D. Show me the three equal units again.
What are the names of the three equal units ?
7. | of C equals what unit? f of C equals
what part of D ?
8. If you cut D into 4 equal parts, or into
fourths, how many of the fourths will make a
unit as large as ' C ? f of D equals what unit ?
Use other solids having the same relations as A, B, C,
D. Give different names to the solids, and review. Then
review without solids.
1. If we call A 1, what ought we to call 5?
2. If A is ^, what is each of the other units ?
3. If B is f, what is each of the other units ?
4. If A is 3, how many 3's in each of the other
5. If A is worth 5/, how many 5-/ are each of
the other units worth?
6. If A is a box which holds a quart, how
many quarts will each of the other boxes hold ?
How many pints will each box hold ?
Cutting. 1. This is a 1. Cut a 1, a 2, a 3, a 4.
You must make the 2 how many times as large as
the 1 ? Have you made the 2
equal to 2'1's? Measure. Have
. you made the 3 equal to 3 times
1, or 3 times as large as the 1 ?
2. How large have you made
1. This is a 2. Cut a 1, a 2, a 3, a 4. The 1
you cut equals what part of the 2 ?
2. The 3 you cut is how many
times as large as ^ of 2 ? The 4
you cut is how many times as
large as the 2 ?
Drawing. Let a pupil draw a unit on the blackboard,
and others draw related units and tell what they have
Relative size. Place solids having the relation of
1, 2, 3, 4 where they can be handled.
1. If the smallest unit is 1 ? what is the name
of each of the other units? What is the name of
the largest unit ?
2. Tell all you can about the units.
3. Tell the sums that you see.
Ex.: The sum of 1 and 2 equals 3.
4. Tell how much greater one unit is than an-
other. Ex. : 4 is three greater than 1.
5. 2 and what equal 4 ? 2 and 2 equal what?
4 equals how many 2's ?
6. Put 4 and 2 together. The sum of 4 and 2
can be divided into how many 3's ? Into how
many 2's ?
7. The sum of 4 and 2 is how many times as
large as 3 ? It is how many times as large as 2 ?
Give each pupil a square rectangle 2 in. long, a rectangle
4 in. by 2 in., a rectangle 6 in. by 2 in., and a rectangle
8 in. by 2 in.
1. Tell all you can about the relations of 1, 2,
2. In each of the rectangles 2, 3 ? and 4, cover
all except the part equal to 1, and tell what part
is equal to the 1.
3. Show all the parts that are 2 times as large
as 1 and give the name of each.
4. Look for units that are equal to ^ of other
5. Estimate the dimensions of each of the rect-
angles ; i.e. tell how long and wide you think they
are. Measure. State the dimensions. Without
observing the rectangles tell the dimensions of
1. Place the rectangles 1 and 2 together,
sum of 1 and 2 equals what unit ?
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2. Show the part of the unit 4 equal to the sum
of 1 and 2. What part of 4 equals the sum of 1
3. Place the rectangles together and make one
rectangle of the four. Show the f of this rect-
angle. The sum of what units makes ^ of the
rectangle ? What units make the other half ?
The sum of 2 and 3 equals the sum of what other
4. 2 equals what part of 4 ? How many 4's do
you see in the rectangle ? Can you find 2^'4's in
this rectangle? Show me the 2'4's. Show me
the half of 4. Point to the 2^'4's.
5. The large rectangle can be made into how
many rectangles as large as 3 ? Show me the
3'3's. What part of another 3 do you see ?
6. Into how many 2's can the rectangle be
7. If we should call the square 2, what ought
we to call each of the other rectangles ? If we
should call the square ^, what number of halves
would we see in each of the other rectangles ? If
there are 4 sq. in. in the square rectangle, how
many 4-sq.-in. in each of the other rectangles ?
Draw the rectangles on the blackboard to the scale of
3 in. to the inch.
8. Tell all you can about the rectangles 1, 2, 3,
and 4, drawn on the blackboard.
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Problems^ 1. 4/ will buy how many times as
many marbles as 2/ ?
2. If you can buy a barrel of flour for $4, how
much can you buy for $3 ?
3. If 1 yd. of cloth costs $3, how much cloth
can be bought for $4 ?
4. If of a basket of fruit is worth 25/ ? how
many 25-/ is the basket of fruit worth ?
5. If 1 doz. eggs costs 15/, how many dozen
can be bought for 4'15/ ?
6. If |- ton of coal lasts 1 week, how long will
1 ton last ?
7. If 1 Ib. of butter lasts a family 1 week, what
part of a week will f of a Ib. last ?
Show pupils units that represent 1, 2, 3, 4.
1. If we callJ. 1, what is (7? What is
What is B ?
If pupils cannot give the names (J, J, f , 1), tell them.
2. Show me the 1. The f The f The f
3. What is the name of the largest unit? Of
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the smallest ? Of the next to the smallest ? Of
the next to the largest ?
4. What are the names of these units ?
5. Pat % and | together. The sum of and
equals what ?
6. Put | and f together. The sum of and f
equals what ?
7. What part of the unit 1 is as large as the J ?
8. What part of the J equals the | ?
9. Show the part of the f that equals the % ?
What part of the f equals the ^ ?
10. | and what equal f ?
11. 1 is how much more than ^ ?
12. | and what equal 1 ?
13. The unit 1 is how many times as large as
14. The unit 1 is how many times as large as
the unit % ?
15. The unit ^ is how many times as large as
the unit ?
16. If the ^ weighs 5 oz. ? how many 5-oz. do
each of the other units weigh ?
Eeview without observing the units.
Building. 1. Build a unit equal to |- of this
2. Build another equal to J.
3. Another equal to ^, Another equal to |.
Show a different unit.
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4. Build a unit equal to | of this one.
5. Build the . Build the f Build the f .
Cutting. Give each pupil a rectangle. Call it 1.
Cut another 1. . Cut . Cut . Cut f .
Relation of gallon and quart. Eeview lesson on quart
and pint. Have pupils practise rilling the gallon measure.
Empty it. Fill it full. Empty it. Fill it full.
Empty it. Fill it f full. After measuring, have pupils
tell all they can about the gallon and quart.
1. What is sold by the gallon ?
2. A gallon is how many times as much as a
3. What part of a gallon equals 1 qt. ?
4. If you should make 2 equal parts of a gallon,
how many quarts would there be in each ? How
many quarts in | gal. ?
5. A gallon is how much more than a quart ?
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6. How many quarts must be added to half a
gallon to make a gallon ?
7. 1 qt. equals what part of a gallon ?
8. If we call a quart 1, what ought we to call
a gallon ? If we call the gallon. 1, what ought we
to call the quart ?
9. A quart equals how many pints ? A gallon
measure will hold how many quarts ? A gallon
measure will hold how many 2-pts. ?
10. In 3 gals, there are how many 4-qts. ?
Relation of gallon, quart, and pint. 1. If a pint
of water weighs 1 lb., how much does a gallon
2. If a quart of milk costs 6/ ? what part of
6/ will a pint cost ?
3. If a quart of milk costs 6/, how many 6-/
will a gallon cost ?
.4. If 1 gal. of milk costs 24^ ? what part of 24/
will 1 qt. cost?
5. If \ of a gal. of milk costs 6^, how many 6-/
will a gallon cost? How many 6-/ will |- of a gal.
cost ? How many 6-/ will f of a gallon cost ?
6. The cost of 3 quart boxes of berries is 25/.
The cost of 4 boxes equals how many thirds of
Relations of magnitude. Place units representing 2,
4, 6, 8 where they can be handled. Teach the names 2, 4,
6, 8. If the children know the number relations of 2, 4,
6, and 8, use letters instead of numbers.
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 105
1. What is the name of the smallest unit ? Of
the largest ? What is the name of the smaller of
the other two ? Of the larger ? Name the units
in order, beginning with the smallest. Name
them in order, beginning with the largest.
2. Put two units together and tell what the
Ex. : 4 and 2 equals 6.
3. Tell how much less one unit is than another.
4. The sum of 6 and 2 equals what ? The sum
of 4 and 4 equals what ? The sum of 4 and 2
equals what ?
5. 4 less 2 equals what ? 8 less 4 equals what?
6 less 4 equals what ? 8 less 2 equals what ? 2
and what equal 4 ? 4 and what equal 8 ? 4 and
what equal 6 ? 2 and what equal 8 ?
6. How many 2's in each unit ?
7. Make sentences like this : 2 equals ^ of 4.
8. Make sentences like this : 8 equals 4 times 2.
9. Tell the part of 4, of 6, of 8 ? that is as large
as 2. Tell the part of 6 and of 8 that is as large
as 4. Tell the part of 8 that is as large as 6.
10. 4 equals how many times 2 ? 4 equals
what part of 6 ? Of 8 ?
11. 6 equals how many times 2 ? It equals
how many times ^ of 4 ? It equals how many
times | of 8 ? 6 is 3 times as large as what unit ?
12. 8 equals how many times 2 ? How many
times ^ of 4 ? How many times ^ of 6 ?
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13. 2 is how many times as large as 1 ? 4 is
how many times as large as 2 ? 8 is how many
times as large as 4 ?
14. What unit is 2 times as large as 1 ? As 2 ?
1. Find other sets of solids that may be called
2, 4, 6, 8. Tell all the relations that you can.
2. Find surfaces that may be called 2, 4, 6, 8.
Tell the relations.
3. Find edges that may be called 2, 4, 6, 8.
Tell the relations.
4. Make statements like this : If we call this a
2, we should call this 4, for it is 2 times as large
as the 2.
5. Make statements like this : If this is 8, then
this is 4, for it equals ^ of 8.
6. Call the blackboard 8. Show the part that
is as large as 4. As large as 2. As large as 6.
7. Make statements like this : If we call the
edge of this table 2, we must have an edge 2 times
as long if we wish to call it 4.
Cutting. 1. This is a 2. Cut a 2, a 4, a 6,
and an 8. Measure to see if you
have made each unit the right
2. Try again. Cut a large
rectangle and call it 2. Cut a 4,
a 6, and an 8. Measure.
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Drawing. 1. Draw a rectangle. Call it 2.
Draw a 4, a 6, and an 8.
Problems. 1. If you can clean the blackboard
in 8 minutes, what part of the board can you clean
in 4 minutes ? In 2 minutes? In 6 minutes?
2. The money that you pay for 4 apples equals
what part of the money that you pay for 6 apples?
For 8 apples ?
3. If 2 Ibs. of candy cost $1, how much will
'8 Ibs. of candy cost?
4. How many times as long will it take to walk
8 miles as to walk 2 miles ?
5. If it takes 2 hours to walk 8 miles, how long
will it take to walk 4 miles ?
6. 6 yds. of ribbon will cost how many times as
much as 2 yds. ? The cost of 4 yds. equals what
part of the cost of 6 yds. ?
7. 1 yd. of ribbon will cost how many times as
much as ^ yd. ? How many times as much as
8. A gallon measure holds how many times as
much as a quart ?
9. If a quart of molasses costs a dime, how
many dimes will a gallon cost ?
10. 6 baskets of apples cost 75/. What part
of 75/ will 2 baskets cost? What part will 4
baskets cost ?
11. 8 hours equals how many thirds of 6 hours?
The distance you can walk in 8 hours equals how
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many thirds of the distance you can walk in 6
Comparing surfaces Give each pupil a square 2 in.
long, a square 4 in. long, and a rectangle 2 in. by 4 in., and
one 2 in. by 6 in., or draw figures on the blackboard of the
same relative size.
1. Use the small square as a measure and tell
what you can about the relations of the rect-
2. Teach the names A, B, C 9 and JD. If we call
A 2, what ought we to call each of the others ?
3. Call A 1 ; what is the name of each of the
4. Call A i ; what ought we to call each of the
5. If A is ^, how many fourths in each of the
6. If C is 1, A equals what part of 1 ? B
equals what part of 1 ? D is how many times as
large as the third of 1 ?
7. Call D 1-, B equals what part of another 1 ?
A equals what part ? C equals what part ?
8. If C is 3, what is .? What is A ? What
9. If you can make 3Ts of A, how many Ts
can you make of B ? Of C ? Of D ?
10. What is the length of A ? How many 2-in.
in the perimeter of A ? Of B ? Of D ?
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Ratios of length. 1. Practise drawing a foot.
Practise placing points 1 ft. apart. Try to draw
lines a foot long with eyes closed.
Measure. With your eyes closed try
to place points 1 ft. apart. Measure.
2. Draw a foot. Draw a line equal
to |- ft. To | ft. To | ft. Practise
drawing and measuring groups of
3. If we call the shortest line 1, what ought we
to call each of the other lines ?
4. If the shortest line is ^, what is each of the
other lines ?
Ans. : 1, f, 2.
5. If the shortest line is , what is each of the
other lines ?
6. Call the next to the shortest line 1 ; what is
the name of each of the other lines ?
7. If the shortest line is , find the 1. If the
longest line is 1, find |.
8. If the longest line is ^ what part of ^ is
each of the other lines ?
9. Call the longest line 12 ; what part of 12 is
each of the other lines ?
10. Call the shortest line 3; how many 3's in
each of the other lines ?
Have pupils assign different values to the units and tell
what the other units are. Ex. : Call A 1 ; what is each of
the others ?
Have pupils compare different units with the other
units. Ex. : A equals 2 times B, f of (7, | of D, etc.
Draw lines on the blackboard 1 ft., 9 in., 6 in., 3 in.
long. Teach the names of the lines.
1. What is the name of the long-
est line "I Of the shortest ? Of the
line that is -J ft. long ? Of the line
that is f ft. long ?
2. Name the lines in order, be-
ginning with the shortest. Repeat,
Name in order, beginning with the longest.
3. Make sentences like this : The sum of 6 in.
and 3 in. equals 9 in.
4. The 3-in. line equals what part of each of
the other lines ?
5. The 6 -in. line equals how many times the
3-in. line ? It equals what part of each of the
other lines ?
6. Compare the 6-in. line with each of the
other lines again.
7. The 9-in. line equals how many times the
3-in. line ? It equals how many halves of the 6-in.
line ? It equals what part of the foot ?
8. The ft. equals how many times the 3-in. line ?
It equals how many times the 6-in. line ? Show ^
of the 9-in. line. The ft. is as long as how many
thirds of the 9-in. line ? It equals how many thirds
of the 9-in. line ?
9. A foot is how many times as long as 6
inches ? A foot is how much longer than 6 inches ?
6 inches equal what part of a foot ? 4 inches
equal what part of a foot ? A foot equals how
many 4-inches ? What part of a foot is as long
as 8 inches ?
10. What is J ft. ? What is % ft. ? What is
f ft. ? What is i of 6 in. ? What is | of 9 in. ?
What is f of 9 in. ? What is f of a ft. ? Picture
the lines in your mind and tell all you can about
Review without observing the lines.
Problems. 1. If it takes all your money to pay
for a loaf of bread the size of B, what part of your
money will it take to pay for a loaf the size of D ?
Of C ? Could you pay for a loaf the size of A ?
The money you have would pay for a loaf three
times as large as what part of A ?
v 2. | of B is worth a nickel ; B is worth how
many nickels ? A is worth how many nickels ?
For C you must pay how many times as much as
for I of C ? As for \ of A ? The cost of D equals
what part of the cost of each of the other units ?
3. Call the blocks cakes. If C is enough for six
people, A is enough for how many people ? D for
what part of twelve people ? If D is enough for
three people, B will supply how many ?
4. One dollar will buy 8 First Readers. What
part of one dollar will pay for 6 First Readers ?
For 4 ? For 2 ?
5. A gallon of oil will cost how many times as
much as \ of a gallon ?
6. The cost of 2 Ibs. of raisins equals what part
of the cost of 8 Ibs. ?
o o o o o o
1. How many 6's in a doz. ?
2. How many 4's ? 3's ? 2's ?
Give each pupil a rectangle 3 in. by 4 in., another 2 in.
by 4 in., and a third 1 in. by 4 in.
1. If M is a doz., what part of a doz. is each of
the other units ?
2. Show ^ of a doz. f of a doz. f of a doz.
3. A doz. is how many times as large as | of
a doz. ?
4. M equals how many halves of D ?
5. A doz. equals how many halves of f of a doz. ?
Call C 4 ; what is D ? What is Jf ?
6. 4 equals what part of 8 ? Of a doz. ?
7. 8 equals how many times 4 ? It equals what
part of a doz. ?
8. A doz. equals how many times 4 ? It equals
how many halves of 8 ? Which is the more, 4 or
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9. What two equal units in 8 ? What three
equal units in a doz. ?
Keview, using the rectangles. Eeview without them.
Problems. 1. A doz. oranges will cost how
many times as much as 6 oranges ? As 4 ?
2. The cost of 9 oranges equals what part of
the cost of a doz. ?
3. How many 3's in a doz. ? How many 4's ?
How many 6's ?
4. If 6 pens cost a dime, how many dimes will
a doz. pens cost ?
5. One half doz. pears will cost how many
times as much as ^ of a doz. ?
6. A doz. eggs cost 15/. 4 eggs cost what
part of 15/ ? 8 eggs cost what part of 15/ ?
7. A doz. bananas will cost how many times as
much as 4 bananas ?
8. The cost of | of a doz. pencils equals what
part of the cost of f of a doz. ?
9. The cost of 8 buttons equals what part of the
the cost of a doz. buttons ?
10. One doz. is how many more than 8 ? 4 is
how many less than one doz. ?
11. 6 and what equal a doz. ? 8 and what equal
a doz. ? 4 and what equal a doz. ? 3 and what
equal a doz. ? 9 and what equal a doz. ?
Relation of rectangles. Give each pupil a square rect-
angle 3 in. long, a rectangle 3 in. by 4 in., a rectangle
2 in. by 3 in., a rectangle 1 in. by 3 in.
1. What are the names of the rectangles in the
order of their size ?
2. Tell all you can about the rectangles.
3. If H represents a doz. ? what part of a doz.
does each of the others represent ?
4. The sum of B and D equals what unit ? It
equals what part of a doz. ?
5. B equals what part of each of the other units ?
6. What is the relation of D to each of the
other units ? Of C ? Of HI Of the doz. ?
7. If B is 3, what is each of the other units ?
8. How many 3's in 6 ? In 9? In 12, or a doz. ?
9. What is the relation of 3 to each of the other
units? Of 6? Of 9? Of 12? Of a doz. ?
10. If H is worth 10/, what part of 10/ is each
of the others worth ?
11. If B cost 5/ ? what is the cost of each of the
12. If 3 cost 5/, how many 5/ will 6 cost?
How many 5/ will 9 cost ? 1 doz. ?
Eeview, using the rectangles. Eeview without them.
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Ratios of time. 1. How long is it from Christ-
mas to the next Christmas ? From one birthday
to the next ?
2. Draw two lines, one representing a yr., and
the other J yr., or 6 mos.
3. Tell all you can about the yr. and 6 mos.
4. How many 6-mos. in a yr. ? What part of a
yr. equals 6 mos. ? 1 yr. and 6 mos. equal how
many 6-mos. ?
5. How many 6-mos. in 1^ yrs. ? 6 mos. equal
what part of 1^ yrs. ? 1 yr. equals what part of
l^r yrs. ? How many 6-mos. in | of a yr. ?
Draw three lines, one representing a year, one -J- of a
year, and the other f of a year.
1. If the shortest line represents 4 mos., how
many 4-mos. does each of the other lines represent ?
How many months does
each of the other lines re-
present ? How many thirds
of a yr. does each of the
lines represent ?
2. Compare 4 mos. with 8 mos. ; with a yr.
3. Compare 8 mos. with 4 mos. ; with a yr.
4. Compare 1 yr. with 4 mos. ; with 8 mos.
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 117
Problems. 1. The money that Harry can earn
in 6 mos. equals what part of the money that he
can earn in a yr. ? In 8 mos. ?
2. The number of months in 1 yr. equals how
many times the number in J yr. ? In ^ yr. ?
3. The number of days in 3 mos. equals what
part of the number in 4 mos. ? In 6 mos. ? In
9 mos.? In 1 yr. ?
4. One yr. is how much longer than 8 mos. ?
5. The time from New Year to New Year equals
how many halves of 8 mos. ?
Relation of dime and nickel. 1. If A represents
a dime, what is the name of the piece of
money represented by B ?
2. How many nickels equal 1 dime ?
3. A dime and a nickel equal how many
4. A nickel equals what part of a dime ?
5. The candy you can buy for a nickel
equals what part of the candy you can buy for a
6. A nickel equals how many cents ?
7. A nickel and how many cents equal a dime ?
8. A dime equals how many 5/ ?
9. 5/ equals what part of a dime ?
10. A dime and 5/ equals how many 5/ ?
11. 1^- dimes equal how many 5/ ?
12. 5/ equals what part of 1^ dimes ?
13. A dime equals what part of 1 J dimes ?
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Relative values. - - 1. If the shortest line
represents 2/, what do each of the other lines
2. Point to the different lines and tell what
3. 2/ equals what part of 4/ ? Of 6/ ? Of 8/ ?
Of a dime ?
4. Compare 4/ with each of the other units.
Compare 6/ with each. Compare 8/ with each.
Compare a dime with each.
Problems. 1. 2/ will buy an apple. 4/
will buy how many apples?
. How many will 6/ buy ? A
2. A boy sells papers for 2/
each. How many does he sell
2 ft to receive a dime ?
3. 2/ is ^ of Nellie's money. How much
money has she ?
4. John has 10/ and loses ^ of it ; how much
does he lose ? How many 2/ has he left ?
5. 4 peaches equal what part of 6 peaches ?
Of 8? Of 10?
6. f of a Ib. of cheese cost 7/. How many 7/
will | of a Ib. cost ?
7. If f of a doz. pencils cost 6/ ? what is the
cost of a doz. ?
Ratios of solids. Place solids which represent 1, 2,
3, 4, 5 where they can be handled.
1. Learn the names A, B, C, D, and E.
2. Tell all you can about these units. Tell all
you can about these units without looking at them.
3. Unite different units and tell what they equal.
Ex. : The sum of A and B equals C.
4. Make statements like this : E less A equals D.
5. B and what equals C ? A and what equals
C ? C and what equals D ? B and what equals D ?
6. Look at B. How many As equal B ? What
part of C equals B ? What part of D equals B ?
What part of E equals B ?
7. D equals two times what unit ? It is two*
times as large as what part of C ? It is two times
as large as what part of E ?
8. What part of C is two times as large as A ?
What part of D is two times as large as A ?
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9. B equals how many times At It equals
what part of each of the other units ?
10. C equals how many times ^ of Dt How
many times ^ of B ? It equals what part of each
of the other units ?
11. D equals how many times At D equals
how many times Bt D is how many times as
large as f of C t D equals two times what part
1. E equals D and what part of another Dt
E equals C and what part of another C ? E equals
how many B's ? Am. : E equals 2|- j?'s. E equals
how many ^L's ?
2. Call E 1 ; each of the other units is what
part of another 1 ?
3. Call D 1 ; what is each of the other units ?
4. Call C 1 ; what is each of the other units ?
5. Call A 1 ; each of the other units equals
how many times 1 ?
6. Call A 2 ; what is each of the other units ?
7. Call A I ; what is each of the other units ?
Ans. : B is , C is f , D is 1 and E is 1 \.
8. Call A | ; what is each of the other units ?
9. Call A \ ; what is each of the other units ?
* 10. Call A 3 ; what is each of the other units ?
Drawing and cutting. 1. Draw a line. Divide
it so that one part will represent the unit 2, and
the other the unit 3. Measure.
2. Draw a rectangle. Divide it so that one
part will represent 2, and the other 3. Measure.
3. Cut rectangles. Divide them so that they
will represent the unit 2 and 3. Measure. Practise.
Practise drawing, dividing, and measuring.
Relative areas. 1. Cut the units 2, 4 ? 3, 5, 1, 2.
2. Measure 1 each by 2, and tell how many 2's
Ex. : In 5 there are 2f 2's. In 1 there is of 2.
3. Tell how much more one unit is than another.
Ex. : 4 is three more than 1. 4 is two more than 2.
4. Tell how much less one unit is than another.
5. Unite units and tell what the sum equals.
Ex. : The sum of 2 and 1 equals 3.
1 First, make estimates with the eye. Afterward test judg-
ments by using a measure.
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6. What two units equal 4 ? What other units
equal 4 ?
7. What two units equal 5 ? What other units
equal 5 ? What three units equal 5 ?
8. If the unit A is 1, each of the other units
equals how many halves ?
9. Compare each unit with the unit 2.
10. If the unit 2 is worth a dime, what is each
of the other units worth ?
11. Draw units, making each two times as large
as the 2, 4, 3, etc. Measure to see if you have
made the units two times as large. Write the
names 2, 4 ? etc.
12. Tell all you can about the units you have
"The starting point is, constantly and necessarily, the
knowledge of the precise relations, i.e. of the equations,
between the different magnitudes which are simultaneously
considered." - Comte.
1. The unit 3 is how much more than the
unit 1 ? 1 is how much less than 3 ? 3 apples are
how many more than 1 apple ?
2. 4 is how much greater than 2 ? 2 and 2
equal what ? 4 is how many times as large as 2 ?
2 equals what part of 4 ?
3. 5 is how much greater than 1 ? Than 3 ?
Than 2 ? Than 4 ? What must be added to 3 to
make 5? To 1 to make 5? To 2 to make 5?
5 pens are how many more than 3 pens ? Than
2 pens ?
4. The sum of 3 and 2 equals what? Of 1
and 4 ? Of 2 and 2 and 1 ? Of 1 and 2 and 2 ?
Of 3 and 2 ?
5. Henry paid 3/ for candy and 2/ for nuts ;
how much did he pay for both ?
6. Nellie spent 5/ for pears and 2/ for pins;
how much more did she pay for the pears than for
the pins ?
Separating and combining. 1. How many 1's
do you see in this diagram ? How many 2's ?
How many 3's ? How many 4's ? 5's ?
2. If d is 2, what is the name of the units
under each letter ?
3. Unite the two units under each letter and
think the unit to which the sum is equal.
Ex. : Look at the units under e and think Jf,.
4. Look at diagram and name sums.
124 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
Ex. : Look at the two units under e and say .
5. Draw units on the blackboard and have
pupils practise thinking sums.
6. After observing the units carefully, turn
away from them and pronounce the sums under
The expression for quantitative ideas should be acquired
as the everyday vocabulary has been, by repeatedly
bringing into consciousness the relations which the terms
As the pupil advances, sight forms should suggest ideas,
just as spoken words do. But as reading should be ap-
proached through sense training, an interest in things, and
the power to talk freely, so should the use of written
forms in mathematics. At the proper time the teacher
should find occasion to present the written expression
freely and in such manner that the primary attention is
still held to the relations discerned. Gradually the use of
language in mathematics should become as automatic as
the use of language in other subjects.
The principles which govern practice in aiding a child'
to think in symbols apply in mathematics as elsewhere.
For example, when we wish to acquaint the child with the
written symbols for his thought of the color of a black
dog, we write, " The dog is black." So, when a pupil tells
you that 3 and 2 equal 5, write 2 so that his eye may take
in the expression as a whole. We should represent the
complete, not the partial thought of the pupil, the
equation, not a part of it. Fix the thought so firmly
that finally one side of the equation will suggest the
Ask the following questions, and write answers on the
3 and 1 equal what ? a b
1 and 2 equal what ? 31
2 and 2 equal what ? _? 1
2 and 3 equal what ? 52
Observe 1 :
image ; write ;
Observe 2; image; write;
Observe 1 2 ; image;
Observe 2 1; image
5 2 write.
Observe 212; image ; write ; practise.
Continue adding one combination at a time, until the
pupils can image and write the five readily.
Tell the combination under each letter, thus : 2
is under a. 5
What combination is under c ? Under 6? Under &?
Show the combination at the left. The second
from the right. Image and think each combina-
tion with its sum, beginning at the top.
Image each combination and pronounce the sum.
1 " The habit of hasty and inexact observation is the founda-
tion of the habit of remembering wrongly." Dr. Maudsley.
" A few such items must be memorized and reviewed daily,
adding a small increment to the list as soon as it has become per-
fectly mastered." W. T. Harris,
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Continue to work with these five combinations until
they are indelibly fixed.
Write on blackboard : 22213
Think the sum of each. Pronounce the sum.
Do not say 3 and 1 are 4, nor 3, 1, 4 ; but
observe g and say 4.
Name sums from right to left, without observ-
ing the board. From left to right. What is the
second sum from the right ? The third from the
Make columns of the combinations, omitting sums, thus :
abed Have pupils look at each
column carefully and image
3211 the sum of each combination
2213 of two figures. Picture, slow-
ly at first, the combinations
1321 under a: 5, 2, 4, 3, 4, then
1221 more quickly, but not so
quickly as to destroy the
2213 visual image.
2122 It will be easy to secure
rapidity after the habit of
2132 imaging has been established.
1312 Image, 1 beginning at the
1131 Image from right, thus :
3 1 2 2 4, 2, 4, 5.
1 " There can be no doubt as to the utility of the visualizing
faculty where it is duly subordinated to the higher intellectual
1. Measure each unit by 2. 1 By 3. By 4.
2. If c is 2, what is the name of each of the
other units ?
3. On each unit that you draw or cut, write the
4. Tell all you can about these units.
5. What two units are as large as 6 ?
6. Into what two equal units can you separate 4?
7* What two equal units in 6 ? What three
equal units in 6 ? What two unequal units do you
see in 6 ?
operations. A visual image is the most perfect form of mental
representation wherever the shape, position, and relations of
objects in space are concerned." Francis Galton.
"Addition, as De Morgan somewhere insisted, is far more
swiftly done by the eye alone ; the tendency to use mental words
should be withstood." Francis Galton.
1 Do not permit counting. Wait until the pupil observes and
becomes conscious of the relative size of the units.
128 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
8. The unit 7 is how much larger than the
unit 4 ? Than the unit 3 ? 4 is how much
less than 7 ? What must be taken out of 7 to
leave 4 ?
9. 4 and what equal 6 ? 2 and what equal 6 ?
10. 4 and what equal 7 ? 3 and what equal 7 ?
11. 6 and what equal 7 ? 2 and what equal 7 ?
12. 5 and what equal 7 ?
13. 7 cherries are how many more than 3 cher-
ries ? Than 5 ? Than 2 ? Than 1 ?
14. The sum of 3 and 3 equals what ? 6 equals
how many times 3 ? 3 equals what part of 6 ?
6 is how much greater than 3 ? 3 is how much
less than 6 ?
15. Cora paid 5/ for paper and 2/ for a pencil.
How much did she pay for both? How much
more did she pay for the paper than for the pencil ?
How much more for both than for the paper ?
The cost of the pencil equals what part of the cost
of the paper ?
16. If C is a rug containing 2 square feet, how
many square feet in each of the other rugs ?
17. Call C 1. What is the name of each of the
other units ?
18. If the width of E is 1 foot, what is its
perimeter ? How many more feet in the perimeter
of E than in the perimeter of C ?
19. Call C J. What is the name of each of the
other units ?
Draw units on the blackboard.
1. How many 1's do you see in this diagram?
How many 2's ? How many 3's ? How many 4's ?
How many 5's ?
2. Practise looking at the diagram and thinking
3. Look and name the sums.
4. Think and name sums without looking at
Ask the following questions, and write answers on the
3 and 3 equal what ?
2 and 5 equal what ?
4 and 1 equal what ?
4 and 2 equal what ?
3 and 4 equal what ?
(See method of study on
pages 125, 126.)
Use any set of solids having the relation of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
1. If 2 is the name of the smallest unit, what
is the name of each of the others ?
2. Give the names beginning with the smallest
unit. Give the names beginning with the largest
3. Tell all you can about these units.
4. Unite different units, and tell what the sum
5. Make sentences like this : 8 less 6 equals 2.
6. 4 and what equals 6 ? 2 and what equals 6 ?
4 and what equals 8 ? 6 and what equals 10 ?
7. Tell what two equal units are found in each
unit. Ex. : In the unit 6 there are 2'3's.
8. How many 2's in each unit? Each unit
equals how many 2's ?
9. What is the relation of 2 to each of the
other units ?
Use another set of solids having the same relations.
Name them 3, 6, 9, 12, 15. Work with these units as you
did with the 2, 4, 6, 8, 10.
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Show a solid. Give it a name, and ask pupils to find a
Ex. : This is 9; find 3. This is 10 ; find 2.
Drawing. Draw rectangles having the relations of 4,
8, 12, 16, 20 on blackboard. Work with these units as you
did with 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.
Draw a rectangle. Give it a name. Pupils draw re-
lated rectangles. Ex. : This is a 12 ; draw a 4.
Draw rectangles either larger or smaller than these
abov^e, but having the same relations. Teach these
relations through the language 5, 10, 15, etc.
Cutting. This is a 1. Cut a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
This is a 2. Cut a 2, 4, 6, 8, 10.
This is a 3. Cut a 3, 6, 9, 12, 15.
Give other exercises in cutting and drawing,
which will fix the relative sizes of these units.
Separating and combining. 1. Measure each
unit by 2.
Ex. : There are If 2's in 0.
2. How many of the units contain an exact
number of the 2's ?
3. Measure each unit by 3.
4. If A is 2, what is the name of each of the
other units ?
5. Tell all you can about the relations of these
units. Measure each by 2.
Ex. : There are If 2's in 3.
6. What units united will make 8 ? What two
equal units in 8 ? What four equal units in 8 ?
What two unequal units in 8 ? What other un-
equal units in 8 ?
1. The unit 8 is how much larger than the
unit 6 ? Than the unit 5 ? Than 3 ? Than 4 ?
2. How many 4's in 8 ? 8 is how much more
than 4 ? 8 equals how many times 4 ? 4 equals
what part of 8 ? How many 2's in 8 ? In 6 ?
6 equals what part of 8 ?
3. Show me the. unit equal to -f of 8. Show
me the unit equal to | of 6.
4. What is the sum of 4 and 4 ? Of 6 and 2 ?
Of 4 and 3 ? Of 5 and 3 ? Of 2 and 6 ? Of 3
5. 4 and what equal 8 ? 6 and what equal 8 ?
2 and what equal 5 ? 2 and what equal 8 ? 5 and
what equal 8 ? 3 and what equal 6 ? 3 and what
equal 5 ? 3 and what equal 8 ?
6. A boy had 8 marbles and lost ^ of them.
How many had he left ?
7. A little girl had 8 dolls. She gave of
them to some poor children. How many did she
Draw the units on the blackboard.
Have pupils practise thinking units and suras under
Have pupils think and name sums without looking at
Ask the following questions and write answers on the
4 and 3 equal what ? Answers.
5 and 2 equal what ? 432 2 3
6 and 2 equal what ? 4 j> 6 5 4
5 and 3 equal what ? 88877
4 and 4 equal what ?
(See method of study,
pages 125, 126.)
Draw units on the blackboard. 1
1. Draw these units. Write the names : thus,
1, 2 ; 2, 4 ; 3, 6 ; 4, 8 ; 5, 10.
2. Tell all you can about these units.
3. Make sentences like this : In 6 there are
4. The sum of 4 and 4 equals what? Make
sentences like this : The sum of 4 and 4 equals 8.
5. One half of 6 equals what ? Make sentences
like this : 3 = f . (Read : 3 equals of 6.)
6. The sum of 10 and 5 equals how many 5's?
7. If a 10 and a 5 are put together, the sum
equals how many 5's ? Make sentences like this :
The sum of 10 and 5 equals 3'5's.
1 In all similar exercises the teacher should draw the units on
the board, making them of such size that the eyes of the pupils
will not be unduly taxed in observing them.
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 135
8. Compare each of the upper units with the
one below it.
Ex.: 4 = 2 times 2.
9. Compare each of the lower units with the
one above it.
Tell everything you can about the units without
Practise thinking the sums of the two units.
Ex. : Look at 1 and 2 and think 3 ; at 4 and 2
and think 6.
Think sums without observing diagram.
Name sums without observing diagram.
Problems. 1. If 3 peaches cost a nickel, how
many nickels will 6 peaches cost ?
2. If 6 peaches cost a dime, what part of a dime
will 3 peaches cost ?
3. 4 books cost a dollar; what is the cost of
8 books ?
4. 10 Ibs. of coffee cost how many times as
much as 5 Ibs. ?
5. The cost of 5 Ibs. of coffee equals what part
of the cost of 10 Ibs. ?
6. The weight of 3 Ibs. of sugar equals what
part of the weight of 6 Ibs. ?
7. The cost of a pt. of milk equals what part of
the cost of a qt. ?
8. If 2 apples cost 4/, what part of 4/ will
1 apple cost ?
9. If 2 baskets of apples cost 75/ ? what part of
the 75/ will 1 basket cost ?
10. If John can walk to school in ^ hour, how
long will it take him to walk to school and home
Separating and combining. In this work, aim to secure
the association of the three figures in the mental picture.
After imaging, test the mental picture by having the
pupils supply from memory the figures denoting the sums.
Do this in all similar exercises.
2 4 35
2 4 3 _5
4 8 6 10
Observe 2 ; image; write. Observe 4 ; image; write;
4 8 practise.
Observe 2 4 ; image; Observe 3 ; image; write.
4 8 write. 6
Observe 2 4 3 ; image ; write ; practise.
Observe 5 ; image ; write ; practise.
Observe 24 3 _5; image; write.
4 8 6 10
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Practise until pupils can write the four combinations
easily and quickly from memory.
Have pupils practise thinking the sums.
1. Image and pronounce the sums 4, 8, etc.
2. What two equal units in 4 ? In 8 ? In 6 ?
3. What is f ? (Read : What is of 4 ?)
4. What is f ? What is -\f>- ? What is f ?
2. 4, 3, 5.
5. Image two of each of the above figures, with
the sum. Ex. : Image_5 . Practise.
Ask pupils the following questions, and write their
answers on the blackboard. After having written answers
for several days on the blackboard, without calling direct
attention to them, see if some of the brighter pupils can-
not read the answers. The child should learn the expres-
sion without separating it from the thought.
Questions. Answers .
2 == what part of 4 ? 2 = f
3 = what part of 6 ? 3 = f .
4 = what part of 8 ? 4 = f .
8 = what part of 10 ? 5 ~ 1 /-.
2 = how many times 1 ? 2 = 2 times 1 .
4 = how many times 2 ? 4 = 2 times 2.
6 = how many times 3 ? 6 = 2 times 3.
8 = how many times 4 ? 8 = 2 times 4.
10 = how many times 5 ? 10 = 2 times 5.
138 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
Draw on the blackboard.
1. Tell all you can about these units.
2. Measure each by 3. By 2.
3. How many of the units can be exactly
measured by 3 ?
4. The unit A is equal to what part of (7?
Of 5? Of^?
5. If A is 3, what is the name of each of the
other units ?
6. Into what equal units can you separate 9 ?
7. Into what two equal units can you separate 6 ?
8. What three equal units in 6 ?
9. What two unequal units in 9 ? What other
unequal units in 9 ?
1. 9 is how much greater than 6? Than 7?
Than 5 ? Than 4 ?
2. 5 is how much less than 9 ? 3 is how much
less than 9 ? 4 is how much less than 9 ?
3. 3 and what equal 9 ? 3 and what equal 7 ?
7 and what equal 9 ? 5 and what equal 7 ? 2 and
what equal 7 ? 2 and what equal 5 ? 6 and what
equal 9 ? 6 and what equal 8 ?
4. How many 3's in 9 ? 3 equals what part
of 9 ? 6 equals what part of 9 ? 9 equals how
many times 3 ? 9 is how much more than 3 ?
5. 9/ are how many more than 5/ ? A nickel
and how many cents equal 9/ ?
6. A lady can dress 3 dolls in a day. How
many can she dress in 3 days ?
7. A house has 5 rooms on the first floor and
4 on the second. How many rooms on the two
Ratios. Draw the units on the blackboard.
1. Draw the units and write the names.
2. Tell all you can about these units.
140 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
3. Compare each of the upper units with the
one below it.
4. Compare each of the lower units with the
one above it.
5. Make sentences like this : The sum of 12
and 6 equals 3'6's.
1. The number of eggs in 1 doz. equals how
many times the number in |- doz. ?
2. The number of pts. in 12 qts. equals how
many times the number in 6 qts. ?
3. The number of pts. in 6 qts. equals what
part of the number in 12 qts. ?
4. The number of days in 7 wks. equals what
part of the number in 14 wks. ?
5. The number of cents in 16 nickels equals
how many times the number in 8 nickels ?
6. The cost of 8 bu. of potatoes equals what
part of the cost of 16 bu. ?
7. Eggs are 10/ a doz, How many doz. can
be bought for 20/ ?
8. 9 ft. equal 3 yds. 18 ft. equal how many
See work on previous similar table, pages 136, 137.
6 8 7 10 9
_6 _8 J_ 10 _9
12 16 14 20 18
1, What two equal units in 12 ? In 20 ?
In 14 ? In 16 ? In 18 ?
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2. What is -\ 2 - ? ( Read : What is of 12 ?)
6 8 7 10 9
Image two of each of the above figures, with
the sum. Ex. : Image_9 ; practise.
Separating and combining. Draw these units on the
a b d
1. Point to each and tell its name.
2 . What is the sum of the units under each letter ?
3. Observe A and think 9.
4. Practise imaging A 9 B, etc., and think sum.
5. Draw units on blackboard and practise think-
Ask the following questions, and write answers on the
blackboard. See method of study, pages 125, 126.
5 and 3
6 and 3
equal what ? 4
7 and 1
equal what ? 5
7 and 2
equal what ? 9
5 and 4
equal what ?
1 7 5
Ratios. Draw the units on the blackboard.
1. Draw the units and write their names.
2. Tell all you can about these units.
3. In each set of three units, compare each with
the other two. Ex. : 2 = |, |.
4 = 2 times 2, *p.
6 = 3 times 2, *p.
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 143
4. Tell everything you- can about these units
without observing them.
1. At I/ each, how many postal cards can you
buy for 3/ ?
2. At 2/ each, how much will 3 postage -stamps
3. If Mary buys 3 rolls at 2/ each, how much
must she pay ?
4. If each edge of a triangle is 2 ft. long, how
many ft. in the perimeter of the triangle ?
5. If a yd. of ribbon costs 3'10/, how many 10/
will f of a yd. cost ?
6. If a lady pays 5/ for a ft. of picture framing,
how much ought she to pay for a yd. ?
7. 6 yds. of cloth will make how many times
as many doll's dresses as 2 yds. ?
8. The cost of the cloth to make 4 dresses equals
what part of the cost to make 6 dresses ?
9. What is the relation of the cost of 6 yds. to
the cost of 4 yds. ?
10. 9 books will cost how many times as much
as 3 books ?
11. The cost of 3 marbles equals what part of
the cost of 6 marbles ? Of 9 marbles ?
12. The number of cents that 12 roses cost equals
how many times the number that 4 will cost ?
13. There are 8 pts. in 4 qts.; how many 8-pts.
in 12 qts. ?
144 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
14. The number of ft. in 12 yds. equals how
many halves of the number in 8 yds. ?
15. A string 15 ft. long is how many times as
long as a string 5 ft. long ?
16. A string 15 ft. long is how many times as
long as'half of a string 10 ft. long ?
2 43 5
2 A _5
6 12 9 15
Practise until the combinations can be readily written
from memory. Try to secure, in each combination, the
mental seeing of the three figures and their sum.
This mental habit greatly lessens the labor of learning
What three equal units in 6 ? In 12 ? In 9 ?
What is -V 2 - ? (Read : What is of 12 ?) What
is | ? What is f ? What is - 1 /- ?
Image three of each with the sum. Example :
Image_5 ; practise.
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 145
Ask questions and write answers of pupils on black-
2 = what part of 4 ? Of 6 ? 2 = |, f .
3 = what part of 6 ? Of 9 ? 3 = f , f .
4 = what part of 8 ? Of 12 ? 4 = f , - 1 /-.
5 = what part of 10 ? Of 15 ? 5 = -V -, J^.
2 = how many times 1 ? What part of 3 ?
4 = how many times 2 ? What part of 3 ?
6 = how many times 3 ? What part of 9 ?
8 = how many times 4 ? What part of 12 ?
10 = how many times 5 ? What part of 15 ?
2 = 2 times 1, ^a.
4 = 2 times 2, - 2 g 6 -.
6 = 2 times 3, 2 ^.
8 = 2 times 4,
10 = 2 times 5,
3 = how many times 1 ? How many halves of 2 ?
6 = how many times 2 ? How many halves of 4 ?
9 = how many times 3 ? How many halves of 6 ?
12 = how many times 4 ? How many halves of 8 ?
15 = how many times 5 ? How many halves of 10 ?
3 = 3 times 1,
6 = 3 times 2, *
9 = 3 times 3, ^..
12 = 3 times 4, s^ 8 -.
15 = 3 times 5, ^p.
Ratios -- Draw units on the blackboard.
(Read : f of 2.)
1. Draw units and write their names ; 1, 2, 3, 4 ;
2, 4, 6, 8 ; etc.
2. Tell all you can about these units.
3. In each set of four units compare each unit
with the other three.
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 147
I O - T^} 7j j "5~~"
6 = 2 times" 3, ^VV 2 --
9 = 3 times 3, *, a^a.
12 = 4 times 3, 2 times 6, - 4 ^.
1. If 4 tops cost 20/, what part of 20/ will 2
tops cost ? One top ? 3 tops ?
2. 3 hats cost $12 ; what is the cost of 1 hat ?
Of 2 hats ? Of 4 hats ?
3. 2 doz. buttons cost 3 dimes; what is the cost
of 4 doz. ? Of 1 doz. ? Of 3 doz. ?
4. 12 Ibs. of butter cost $2 ; what part of $2
will 3 Ibs. cost? What will 6 Ibs. cost? What
part of $2 will 9 Ibs. cost ?
5. Call 6 | ; what is 12 ? What is 3 ? What
6. 9 boxes of strawberries cost T5/; what part
of 75y do 6 boxes cost ? 3 boxes ? 12 boxes ?
7. 16 color boxes cost a certain sum ; what part
of the sum will 4 cost ? 8 ? 12 ?
8. What is the relation of 4 to 12 ? Of 8 to 12 ?
Of 16 to 12 ?
9. A doz. cost a dime ; what is the cost of 4 ?
Of 8 ? Of 16 ?
10. There are 20 things in a score ; 5 equals
what part of a score? 10 equals what part?
15 equals what part ? In 5 score there are how
many 20's ?
11. 5 is -J- of what unit ? 10 equals what part
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of the unit ? 15 equals how many 4ths of the
1. Learn (d) as the other tables have been
2. Compare each unit with the other three ;
thus : 2 = |, |, f .
4 = 2'2, -V- (read, f of 6), f .
6 = 3'2, -y-,
8 = 4'2, 2'4, -V-
3. What four equal units in 12 ? In 8 ? In 16 ?
4. What is f ? -y-? -V 6 -? -Y-?
5. What is |? -y-? -V-? -Y-?
6. Image four of each of the above figures,
with the sum. Ex. : Image 5 ; practise.
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 149
Ask questions, and write pupils' answers on the black-
2 = what part of 4 ? Of 6 ? Of 8 ?
3 = what part of 6 ? Of 9 ? Of 12 ?
4 = what part of 8 ? Of 12 ? Of 16 ?
5 = what part of 10 ? Of 15 ? Of 20 ?
- 2? 3? '
3 = I, I, --
4 = f,-VW 6 -
5 = --> -,-
2 = how many times 1 ? What part of 3 ? Of 4 ?
4 = how many times 2 ? What part of 6 ? Of 8 ?
6 = how many times 3 ? What part of 9 ? Of 12 ?
8 = how many times 4 ? What part of 12 ? Of 16 ?
10 = how many times 5 ? What part of 15 ? Of 20 ?
2 = 2 times 1, a^a, f .
4 = 2 times 2, ^, f .
6 = 2 times 3, ^-, *.
8 = 2 times 4, *^-a, \-.
10 = 2 times 5, i^-&, -^
1. What is V-? O f8? O f4?
2. What is |? Of 12? Of 6 ?
150 PRIMARY ARITHMETIC.
3. What are ^ ? Of 9 ? Of 6 ?
4. 5 equals what part of 10 ? Of 20 ? Of 15 ?
5. What is the relation of 10 to 20? Of *
to -Y- ? Of -V- to -V- ?
6. 2'3's equal what part of 9 ? Of 12 ?
7. 6 equals f of what ? 6 equals f of what ?
8. 16 equals how many times 8 ? How many
times f ?
9. What is the relation of 12 to f ?
Problems. 1. A boat sails 4 miles in J hr. ;
how far does it sail in 1 hr. ? In 1J hrs. ?
2. James is 5 yrs. old. His age equals ^ of his
brother's ; how old is his brother ?
3. $10 is f of my money, what is ^ ?
4. If 1 apple costs 3/ ? how many apples can be
bought for 9/ ? For 12/ ?
5. 3 bonnets cost $9, how many bonnets can
be bought for $6 ?
6. If a family uses 12 loaves of bread in 1 week,
what part of a week will 9 loaves last ?
7. I paid ^ of my money for coal and the rest
for flour ; what part of my money did I pay for
the flour ?
8. If 2 horses eat a bushel of oats in a day,
how much do 3 horses eat ?
9. If 3 girls sweep the floor in 10 min., what
part of the floor will 2 girls sweep in the same
PRIMARY ARITHMETIC. 151
10. 3 oranges cost 5/, how many *5^ will 12
oranges cost ? A doz. ?
11. John has 6/, and his brother has 2 times
as many ; how many has his brother ? The two
boys have how many 6/ ?
12. 3 pairs of shoes cost $9, how many $9 will
6 pairs cost ?
13. If it takes 15 boys one day to dig a ditch,
what part of the ditch can 5 boys dig in 1 day ?
How many days will it take the 5 boys to dig the
other f of the ditch ?
14. At $ J a bushel, how many bushels of apples
can be bought for $3 ?
15. Mary is 5 yrs. old. Jane is 4 times as old,
How old is Jane ?
16. Roy walks 2 blocks, while his sister walks
1 block. Roy walks how many times as fast as
his sister ? If Roy can walk to school in 4 min. ?
it will take his sister how many 4-min. ? How
many min.? If John walks 3 times as fast as Roy,
John will walk how far, while Roy is walking
2 blocks ?
17. Draw a line and call it the distance Roy
walks in 1 min. Draw another, showing how far
his sister walks in the same time. Draw one
showing how far John walks in the same time ?
18. Caroline has 8 roses ; to how many little
girls can she give 2 and yet keep 2 herself ?
19. Nettie and Addie are in the middle of the
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room. If *Addie walks 3 yds. north, and Nettie
2 yds. south, how far apart will they be ?
20. A boy had 20/, and lost 16/; what part of
his money did he lose ?
21. Mr. Jones lives 4 blocks east of the school-
house, and Mr. Brown 3 blocks west; how far
apart do they live ?
22. Howard and Frank bought a box of marbles
for 6/. Howard paid 4/, and Frank 2/ ; what
part of the marbles ought each to have ?
23. A boy sells papers at 2/ each; how many
does he sell to receive 10/ ? To receive 8/ ?
24. If he sells of 10 papers, he will receive
how many cents ? If he sells f of 10 papers ?
25. A lady gave to Carrie 6 apples and to
Fannie f of 8 apples ; to which did she give the
greater number ?
26. 4 peaches equal what part of 6 peaches ?
Of 8 peaches ? Of 10 peaches ?
27. The cost of 6 peaches equals what part of
the cost of 8 ? Of 10 ?
28. The jelly that 4 peaches will make equals
what part of the jelly that 6 peaches will make ?
That 10 will make ? That 8 will make ?
29. How many pts. equal 1 qt. ? A gallon equals
how many qts. ? A year equals how many 6-mos. ?
How many 4-mos. ? How many 3-mos. ? How
many 6's in a dozen ? How many 4's ? How
many 3's ?
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30. A dime equals how many nickels ? 2 dimes
equal how many nickels ?
31. 1 yd. equals how many ft. ? 5 yds. equal
how many 3-ft. ? How many yds. in 6 ft. ? In
9 ft. ? In 12 ft. ?
32. If a yd. of cord is worth 15/, what are 3 ft.
of cord worth ?
33. In a score there are how many 10's ? How
many 5's ? 10 equals what part of a score ? 15
equals what part of a score ?
34. There are 7 days in a week ; how many
7-day s in 9 weeks ? 14 days equal how many
weeks ? 7 days equal what part of 3 weeks ?
35. There are 5 school days in a week; how
many school days in 3 weeks ?
36. 9 tons of coal last a family 6 mos. ; how
many 9-tons will last a yr. ? How many tons ?
37. If 2 barrels of flour last 4 mos., how many
2-barrels will last a yr. ? How many barrels ?
38. If you pour a pint of milk into a qt.
measure, it fills what part of it ?
39. Mr. Robinson sells 2 pts. of milk for 6/;
how much ought he to receive for a qt. ?
40. 2 qts. of water fill what part of a gallon
measure? 3 qts. of water fill what part of a
gallon measure ?
41. If you take a qt. of milk out of a gallon of
milk, what part of a gallon remains ?
42. From a piece of cloth 20 yds. long a
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merchant cuts 5 yds. ; the smaller piece equals
what part of the larger piece ? How many 5-yards
in the larger piece ? How many yards ?
43. A lady paid $8 for a dress. She paid $4
more for a cloak than for the dress ; how much
did she pay for the cloak ? How much for both ?
44. There are 4 gills in 1 pt. How many gills
in 3 pts. ? In pt. ? In 4 pts. ? 2 gills equal
what part of a pint ? How many pints in 8 gills ?
In 12 ? In 6 ? 6 gills equal how many halves of
a pint ? In a qt. there are how many gills ? A qt,
is how many times as much as a gill ?
45. How many 6-in. in 1|- ft. ? How many
46. How many half-dozen in 1 doz. and 6 ?
47. What is the sum of a dime and 4/? Of
2 dimes and a 5/ piece ?
48. Two dimes equal how many nickels ?
49. The candy that a nickel will buy equals
what part of the candy that can be bought for
2 dimes ?
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