The Dreamtime story chosen to support and create an Aboriginal perspective in a mathematical activity is ‘How the Murray River was made’ a Bangerang story told by Irene Thomas. A story about a woman, walking with her three Dingos’ holding a wooden stick in her hand, dragging it along the ground as she walked. The Toonatpan (snake) slithered after the old woman, where she had made a mark in the ground, making it bigger. The Toonatpan was angry because of the noise the old Lady made and followed her; thrashing about making the indentation left behind by her stick bigger. Then along came the rain and it rained until a river had formed. That is how the Murray River, was made (Thomas, 2007).
The purpose of the activity is for children to explore natural materials, measurement, volume, and maps (Knaus, 2014). With the …show more content…
By mapping out, the line that she scratched in the soil as she walked (Thomas, 2007), followed by the snake making a wriggling pattern in the line (Thomas, 2007). This will be, achieved by children using a wooden stick to map out the miniature Murray River and followed by the use of spades to dig a trench. Children will be able to draw on their memory of sequence to complete the activity (DEEWR, 2010, p. 43). Providing them the opportunities to discuss processes such as measurement in how long, wide and deep they should make the river. According to Knaus (2014) for one to be able to measure is a life skill that is useful in various situations throughout life (p. 50). Children wil also develop skills of estimating the amount of buckets of water they will need to fill their miniature version of the Murray River (p. 51). The children will be able to explore descriptive and comparative language in sizes, weight, and volume (Knaus, 2014, p.