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6 August 2001 Vol. 6, No. 32 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS John C. Polking's Home Page | My First Garden Curriculum Guide for the Elementary Level - Saskatchewan, Canada JOHN C. POLKING'S HOME PAGE http://math.rice.edu/~polking/ Professor Polking at Rice University has a collection of resources, including: - Ordinary Differential Equations using MATLAB This manual for using MATLAB in a course on Ordinary Differential Equations can supplement most any textbook. http://math.rice.edu/~polking/odesoft/ - NonEuclid NonEuclid is an interactive Java applet for studying hyperbolic geometry. http://math.rice.edu/~joel/NonEuclid/ See in particular: Why is it Important for Students to Study Hyperbolic Geometry? http://math.rice.edu/~joel/NonEuclid/why.html - The Geometry of the Sphere A study of spherical geometry, beginning with great circles, and culminating in proofs of Girard's Theorem and Euler's Theorem. http://math.rice.edu/~pcmi/sphere/ - Cartography A presentation of a variety of maps, and discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Available as a PDF file. http://math.rice.edu/~polking/cartography/ - Holo A MATLAB function that enables the visualization of complex mappings. http://math.rice.edu/~polking/holo.html - Other Mathematical Software This is a small collection of useful educational programs that run in MATLAB. http://math.rice.edu/~polking/tools.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MY FIRST GARDEN - University of Illinois Extension http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/firstgarden/ This garden site deals with the planning of the garden, such as where it will be placed, what will be planted, and when planting will happen. Younger students will particularly enjoy "You Are the Ruler," an activity for using of parts of their bodies to measure the depth of plantings, or the distance between plantings. http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/firstgarden/fundamentals/ruler.html The 4th grade mathematics objectives include: - Make and use area and volume measurements. - Use mathematical skills to estimate, approximate, and predict outcomes and to judge reasonableness of results. More information about using this site is included in a Teacher's Guide: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/firstgarden/tg/index.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- A CURRICULUM GUIDE FOR THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL Saskatchewan, Canada http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/elemath/ The curriculum guide to elementary mathematics for the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Included are curriculum outlines, sample units and lesson plans, list of resources, notes for administrators, and an online discussion forum. Some information is only available in PDF format. - Grade One Mathematics http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/elemath/g1table.html - Grade Two Mathematics http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/elemath/g2table.html - Grade Three Mathematics http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/elemath/g3table.html - Grade Four Mathematics http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/elemath/g4table.html - Grade Five Mathematics http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/elemath/g5table.html Designed to use with Grade 5 students, this new area providing on-line rubrics for mathematics could be adapted to use for a variety of grade levels: - General Rubric for Determining Achievement Levels in Problem-Solving http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/rubrics/math/gr5crit.html - Problem-Solving Checklist http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/rubrics/math/pscheck.html - Problem Descriptions http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/rubrics/math/index.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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