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Volume 8, Number 39

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29 September 2003                                Vol. 8, No. 39

                   THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

              Sarah Seastone (1937 - 2003) | IMAGES
       Juvenile Literature Related to Math - Kimbel Library
              Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League, Year 4


            IN MEMORIAM, SARAH SEASTONE (1937 - 2003)

                 http://mathforum.org/~sarah/

  Sarah passed away Tuesday evening. The Newsletter's first
  editor, she leaves an incredible legacy of people served and
  yet to be served by her archives, online help, and editing.

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             IMAGES - RESEARCH FOR BETTER SCHOOLS

                    http://images.rbs.org/

   Improving Measurement and Geometry in Elementary Schools
   (IMAGES) is an initiative of the Pennsylvania State Team
   of the Mid-Atlantic Eisenhower Consortium for Mathematics
   and Science Education at Research for Better Schools (RBS).

   Their web site contains information and resources that are
   designed to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of
   geometry and measurement concepts, and to assist in
   designing meaningful instruction for elementary students.

     - Cognitive and Developmental Issues
     - Content Strands
     - Teaching Strategies
     - Instructional Activities and Lesson Plans
     - Assessment
     - Resources
     - Terms and Acronyms

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               JUVENILE LITERATURE RELATED TO MATH

           http://www.coastal.edu/library/mathlit.htm

   The Kimbel Library at Coastal Carolina University has
   collected a useful list of storybooks and aligned them
   to the following topics:

     Addition                    Mathematicians
     Binary Logic                Measurement
     Calculators                 Money
     Calendars                   Multiplication
     Colors                      Numbers
     Counting                    Patterns
     Direction                   Probability
     Division                    Shapes
     Fractions                   Size Perception
     History of Mathematics      Subtraction
     Math Anxiety                Symmetry
     Math Games                  Tangrams
                                 Time

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   Lessons at the primary level that incorporate literature:
     Varnelle Moore's Primary Math Activities
     http://mathforum.org/varnelle/

   Ideas to teach mathematics using literature:
     T2T FAQ: Literature and Mathematics
     http://mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.lit.html

   A list of books for middle and/or high school:
     Mr. Brandenburg's List of Recommended Books
     http://mathforum.org/t2t/faq/brandenburg.new.html

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             FERMI OFF-THE-WALL MATH LEAGUE, YEAR 4
           Minnesota Intermediate School District 287

             http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/

   Solve new open-ended problems every week, view hints, and
   see outstanding solutions to previous problems.

   A Fermi question
     - is posed with limited information given
     - demands communication
     - utilizes estimation
     - emphasizes process rather than "the" answer

   Year 4, Session 1 will start September 29, 2003, and will run
   for six weeks. There are divisions for grades 1-2, 3-5, and
   6-8, with the grade 1-2 problems oriented to a "family math"
   context.

   To submit solutions online, register with an entry fee of $30
   per person per session. An individual, a pair or a team of
   four may register for this Internet-based project.

   Fermi League Rules and Scoring
   http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermirules.html

   Fermi Tips and Links
   http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermitips.html

   Sample Fermi problems and unique solutions
   http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermiarchive.html
    
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