November 28, 2008
Volume 13 No. 48

In This Issue

Algebra Fun Sheets


Google Trends Tracker


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


Algebra Fun Sheets

Algebra Funsheets are worksheets that integrate algebra skills with fun activities including sudoku, word finds, riddles, color patterns, crosswords, games, and matching cards. Corresponding standard worksheets may be used for tests or quizzes.

Full PDF sample worksheets are available under Samples. Browse the worksheets that are available to subscribers by clicking on each algebra unit listed:

  • The Language of Algebra
  • Matrices
  • Solving Equations
  • Solving Inequalities
  • Proportions and Percents
  • Functions
  • Linear Equations
  • Systems of Equations
  • Exponents and Monomials
  • Polynomials and Factoring
  • Holidays


The BELLWORK Daily Practice program is a full-year skills practice program based on California's Content Standards and Frameworks. The program consists of individual student books and Teacher's Guides for grade levels 1 through 6 in two editions: Math and Reading/Language Arts.

BELLWORK presents material in a distributed, multiple-choice format and makes use of current trends in assessment. Some student materials are available in digital format. Sign up for a free sample DVD. This companion website includes video clips of children counting to illustrate the book's first chapter.

Google Trends Tracker

Compare search results using Google's data. This link shows searches for "math" over time. Compare different topics using a comma to separate them. To include different spellings, use a vertical bar separator: "math | maths, science". Use the pull-down menus on the right side of the page to look at search results in specific countries or states and over different time periods. Don't forget that many countries call it "maths" instead of "math"!


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