December 5, 2008
Volume 13 No. 49

In This Issue

The Math Forum, and Target Online

Seasonal Math Forum Problems of the Week

NSDL Online Workshops


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


The Math Forum, and Target Online

Many Math Forum community members regularly shop online at and/or Target. If you add one small extra step, you can help the Math Forum.

Just bookmark or select our page as a "favorite" in your browser. The next time you start to shop online, first click through the "" or "Target" icons on our page. If you then purchase anything at either site, a little revenue will come our way, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your help!

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?

  • 3608: A Happy New Year Wish
  •  954: A Holiday Card
  •  482: A Holiday Gift for Grandmother Brown
  • 3308: A Snowy Driveway
  • 3991: Bobsled Sums
  • 1562: Building a Snow Statue
  • 3584: Covered Bridges
  • 4103: Decorating Cookies
  •  989: Delivering Toys for the Holidays
  • 1034: Happy New Year!
  • 3592: Holiday Dance
  • 1405: Holiday Shopping and Surfing
  • 4631: How Many Pinecones?
  • 3295: How Old is Santa Claus?
  • 3659: It's Cold Outside
  • 4600: Let It Snow!
  • 3595: Lighting the Menorah
  • 1422: My Snow-Shoveling Business

If you have a PoW membership that includes access to our Problems Library, view these problems by entering their three- or four-digit numbers to the left of the "Go" button here:

If you have an individual teacher membership that you purchased online, we'd gladly apply your $25 purchase toward the cost of a class membership that would give you access to these Library PoWs. Just call us toll-free during East Coast business hours: (800)756-7823.

If you are not a member, consider signing up for a Trial Account:

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.

Memberships purchased now run through December 31, 2009.

NSDL Online Workshops

The Math Forum has been hosting a series of online workshops for teachers who work with students in 5th through 9th grade. Teachers will explore the Math Tools digital library and several software tools that contribute in some way to mathematical understanding, problem solving, reflection and discussion.

Applications are now open for:

Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning
January 12 - February 23, 2009
Workshop Dates for 2008-2009
Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability
January 12 - February 23, 2009
Workshop Dates for 2008-2009

Currently the $100 workshop fees are paid for participants by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). For a fee of $25 to cover administrative costs, 1.5 Continuing Education Units (15 contact hours) can be provided in the form of a certificate from the Drexel University School of Education to any participants who meet the minimum requirements.


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