If you are like me and enjoy reading about simple but important tasks in life and the history surrounding them, you will enjoy this. This very interesting topic came to us from The Scholarly Kitchen in their article, “Biology’s Impact on Counting Words.”

Through a simple and engaging video, simple math is explained. Well, sort of.

The video explains how the counting and number words in many languages are based on the body parts we use to count, fingers, toes, hands, feet, etc. As you might expect, they are not all straightforward or similar. There are some interesting explanations of counting systems that were not based on the number 10 and which body parts they used unusual body spaces to help count.

This is a good example of how biology affects both language and math. Also, a good example of how to engage students in learning about all three subjects in a fun way.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.