October 24, 2008
Volume 13 No. 43

In This Issue

Seasonal Math Forum Problems of the Week

MIT OpenCourseWare: Highlights for High School



Online PD

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process

Problem Solving Strategies


Free Online

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

Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability


Seasonal Math Forum Problems of the Week

Are you looking for a problem solving prompt to use with your students that has a seasonal theme?

3547: Pumpkin Pride
6226: Pumpkin Seeds
  412: Halloween Night
1360: Trick-or-Treat Box
4556: Pumpkin Carving for Charity
1345: Anderson's Pumpkin Patch
  867: Making Pie Crust
  927: More Pie, Anyone?
  953: Will It Be Pumpkin Pie?
3260: Election Day in Prealgpoweria
  448: Approval Method of Voting
3256: Voter Turnout
3248: Falling Leaves
  458: Happy Thanksgiving
2780: Thanksgiving Travel
3284: A Cranberry Craving
1815: The Tethered Turkey

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During the trial period of twenty-one days, up to five problems may be viewed by either the students or the teacher, students may submit to any of those five problems, and teachers may try out the corresponding Teacher Office to review and respond to their students' work.

MIT OpenCourseWare: Highlights for High School


Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a guide to their courses selected specifically to help high school students prepare for AP exams, learn more about the skills and concepts learned in high school, and get a glimpse of what undergraduates study in college.

Resource links include:

  • Highlights for High School for Teachers
  • Highlights for High School for Students
  • Introductory MIT Courses
  • Resources
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus
    • AP Physics
  • Knowledge in Action
  • Hands-on Learning
  • High School Courses Developed by MIT Students
  • Other MIT Resources for High School



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  • Annotated Images
  • New Images from ISS
  • News Archive
  • Mission FAQ
  • Photo Request Guide

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