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23 October 2000 Vol. 5, No. 43 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Glenn Commission | Waterloo Maple Using Children's Literature to Teach Mathematics NATIONAL COMMISSION ON MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY - U.S. Department of Education http://www.ed.gov/inits/Math/glenn/ A Glenn Commission plan to ensure that every American student receives excellent instruction in math and science. The report, released on September 27, 2000, sets three goals: - to establish an ongoing system to improve the quality of mathematics and science teaching in grades K-12; - to increase significantly the number of mathematics and science teachers and improve the quality of their preparation; - to improve the working environment and make the teaching profession more attractive for K-12 mathematics and science teachers. Read action strategies for achieving the goals; view the original Webcast of the press conference; or participate in an online discussion about the report. The report and background materials may be read online, or downloaded in PDF or Microsoft Word versions. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MAPLE APPLICATION CENTER - Waterloo Maple Inc. http://www.maplesoft.com/apps/ A forum where Maple users share their solutions to applied problems in industry and research. Applications contributed by Maple users include the following topics: - communications - computer science - education - engineering - finance - graphics - Maple tools - mathematics - science - statistics and data analysis Featured in their "What's New in the Maple Application Center" are examples of elementary applications, including "How to Make a Movie in Maple." http://www.maplesoft.com/apps/categories/whatsnew/newapps.html A free Maple 6 trial version for Windows is available: http://www.maplesoft.com/sales/freetrialCD.html For students there is a special Student Version of Maple 6: http://www.maplesoft.com/products/Student/student.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- HOW TO USE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE TO TEACH MATHEMATICS Rosamond Welchman-Tischler http://watt.enc.org/online/ENC2285/2285.html A booklet that explores ways teachers can help children to experience the type of mathematics envisioned in the Standards, building on children's literature. Each of the first seven chapters describes a way children's literature can be used to teach mathematics, by: - providing a context or model for an activity with mathematical content; - introducing manipulatives that will be used in varied ways (not necessarily just as in the story); - inspiring a creative mathematics experience; - posing an interesting problem; - preparing for a mathematics concept or skill; - developing or explaining a mathematics concept or skill; - reviewing a mathematics concept or skill. Each chapter contains examples of two to four books, with summaries of stories, sketches of proposed classroom activities and related print materials (models for manipulatives, activity cards, worksheets), and suggested follow-up activities. Work on this booklet, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), was partially supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Teacher Enhancement Program. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow/ Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ Teacher2Teacher http://mathforum.org/t2t/ Discussion Groups http://mathforum.org/discussions/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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