February 2, 2007
Volume 12 No. 5

In This Issue

Problem of the Week Articles

Building Homes of Our Own

Math to Build On

What Moves U Campaign


Problem of the Week Articles


These three published articles give context to using the Math Forum's Problems of the Week with students.

  • Writing to Develop Understanding: The Math Forum @ Drexel's PoWs
  • Problems of the Week Engage Students with Special Needs
  • The Impact of the Math Forum's Problem(s) of the Week on Students' Mathematical Thinking

Building Homes of Our Own


Building Homes of Our Own is an interactive teaching tool for the middle and high school classrooms. The simulation presents a macro view of the entire home building process, from site selection to final sale. Students collect information, solve problems and make choices as they build a 3D home against a budget, then review credit applications and sell to the buyer of their choice.

The new program is part of the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) ongoing educational outreach initiative, in partnership with the National Housing Endowment, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and Freddie Mac.

Math to Build On - by Johnny and Margaret Hamilton


Johnny and Margaret Hamilton's "Math to Build On" (copyright 1993) presents simple, straightforward explanations, drawings, questions, and answers about math for the construction trades, for elementary and middle-school level students, or for those wishing to brush up on math they once knew but have forgotten.

Excerpts offer pages on:

  • Angles
  • Degrees
  • Variables & Constants
  • Squaring Numbers
  • Square Roots
  • Right Triangles
  • Memory Aids
  • Fractions & Decimals
  • Functions
  • Seeing is Believing (constructions for the classroom)
  • Glossary

What Moves U Campaign


The American Heart Association and the National Football League have teamed up to create What Moves U, a national campaign to inspire middle school students to become more physically active.

What Moves U provides curriculum-based activity sheets that can be incorporated into lesson plans for 5 core subjects:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Physical Education

Teachers who register (for free) on the What Moves U site can access lesson plans and connect to their students by posting activities for them to complete on-line and at home. The site offers kids the opportunity to receive points for completion of these activities. Kids can redeem their points on the site for gear to help them stay active, NFL merchandise, and even win the chance to have an NFL player come to their school to work-out.


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