### Volume 9, Number 19

 ```10 May 2004 Vol. 9, No. 19 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Varnelle's Primary Math - Introduction to Algebra MEC Conference: Working with Parents and the Public Online Math Tests Home Page VARNELLE'S PRIMARY MATH - INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA http://mathforum.org/varnelle/kalg.html A unit by Varnelle Moore, designed to guide young children (K-2) through an introduction to algebra. Children learn to sort, classify, and order attribute blocks by size, number, and other properties. - What's My Attribute? - What's Next? - Patterns - Algebra Ideas - Next in Line Each lesson includes an interactive, manipulative-based project, an activity incorporating technology, paper/pencil practice, and literature connections. The Java applet Attribute Blocks was written by Joel Duffin at Utah State University and tailored specifically for this unit. Attribute Blocks http://matti.usu.edu/mathforum/attributeblocks.html View more Primary Math Activities http://mathforum.org/varnelle/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- WORKING WITH PARENTS AND THE PUBLIC BUILDING SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL MATHEMATICS http://mec-math.org/events/detail.asp?RecordID=17 The Mathematics Education Collaborative (MEC) is sponsoring a national dissemination conference featuring Ruth Parker, the MEC CEO, May 13-15, 2004, in Arlington, Virginia. Teachers and leaders of successful mathematics programs will learn how to help parents recognize and support quality mathematics programs. The sessions include: - From Number Relationships to Basic Facts: Addition and Subtraction in the Primary Grades - Encouraging Mathematical Thinkers: The Basics and More - Multiplication: Helping Children with Basic Facts - Fractions in Grades 3 through 6: Developing Understanding Over Time - How to Help Your Child with Math at Home - More Ideas for Helping Your Child with Math at Home -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- ONLINE MATH TESTS HOME PAGE http://mathonline.missouri.edu/ Elias Saab, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Missouri at Columbia, is in the process of establishing several online mathematics practice, learning and evaluation drills for college bound students. This site has online testing and evaluation components for - College Algebra Readiness - Geometry - Trigonometry - Calculus Readiness The tests provide immediate feedback to correct and incorrect answers, and detailed solutions for all the problems. If you take the same multiple-choice or single-answer test more than once, you may vary the parameters of its questions, getting different versions of the same problems as before. Students can try two or more drills to try to improve their score. Such evaluation provides a tool for schools and teachers to assess their students' readiness in mathematics before coming to college. Online Test Page http://www.saab.org MathDrills, ACT, SAT, and MathCounts Drill http://www.saab.org/mathdrills/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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/ Math Tools http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ 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 Donations http://deptapp.drexel.edu/ia/GOL/giftsonline1_MF.asp Ask Dr. Math Books http://mathforum.org/pubs/dr.mathbooks.html _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ ```