June 6, 2008
Volume 13 No. 23

In This Issue

Math Forum Online Course: Problem Solving Strategies

The First International Green Globs Contest



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For teachers of students in grades 3-5:
Tools for Building Math Concepts

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning

For all students:


Math Forum Online Course: Problem Solving Strategies


Participating in this course is a chance to practice and think about mathematical problem solving with interesting and fun colleagues in a relaxed online environment.

We'll do problems, share our strategies, and explore the details of a curriculum strand that can be integrated into any middle school and high school math course to explicitly build student confidence and competence in this area. Problems will be selected to match the interests and needs of participants.

All individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed 15 hours of professional development. This is equivalent to 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs); these can be received from the Drexel University School of Education for a fee of $15, in addition to our current discounted course cost of $126.

led by Stephen Weimar, director of the Math Forum
June 21 - July 3
Registration closes 5 pm ET on Friday, June 13


The First International Green Globs Contest


Students combine computer game fun and serious mathematics in a face-off of the "Green Globs Contest." After learning about coordinate graphs and equations in math class, students put their knowledge to work by going after the highest score on a posted Green Globs computer game array. Highest scores will be posted on the contest website. You can use the current posting of arrays to prepare for the contest. The official contest challenges were posted 6/3/08.

Registration is now open. There is NO FEE required to join this project. If you are interested in participating, please send Ihor Charischak, Great Green Globs Contest facilitator, email at globscontestcentral@mac.com.

Visit http://www.greenglobs.net to download Green Globs and Graphing Equations (PC & Mac OS 10.5 versions). However, you can compete without the software by downloading the score sheets with screen shots from the contest website and submitting your equations by email to globscontestcentral@mac.com.

Math Tools: Green Globs and Graphing Equations


Students explore the relationship between equations and their graphs in this hands-on learning environment where they investigate, manipulate, and understand linear, quadratic and other graphs. They will also build a variety of problem-solving skills as they write equations to uncover hidden graphs and explode points on a coordinate grid.



Watch free Flash tutorials about algebra, organized under the following topics:

  • Section 1: Basics of Algebra
  • Section 2: Equations
  • Section 3: Ratio & Proportion
  • Section 4: Inequalities
  • Section 5: Absolute Value
  • Section 6: Exponents
  • Section 7: Polynomials
  • Section 8: Factoring
  • Section 9: Rational Expressions
  • Section 10: Rational Equations
  • Section 11: Linear Equations
  • Section 12: Functions
  • Section 13: Systems of Linear Equations
  • Section 14: Radicals
  • Section 15: Quadratics
  • Section 16: Applications


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