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2 August 2004 Vol. 9, No. 31 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Planet 5th - Handheld Lesson Plans | What Works Clearinghouse CMP Unit Organizers PLANET 5TH - HANDHELD LESSON PLANS http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/p5/handhelds/activities2.html One area of Tony Vincent's web site for his 5th grade class includes activities that utilize multiple Palm applications and take advantage of handheld computing. Math lesson plans include: Discovering Decimals Grades 4 - 6 Exploring Integers Grades 6 - 8 Exploring Roman Numerals Grades 4 - 8 Getting to Know Numbers Grades 1 - 2 -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE http://www.whatworks.ed.gov/ The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education. The WWC aims to promote informed education decision making through a set of easily accessible databases and user-friendly reports that provide education consumers with ongoing, high-quality reviews of the effectiveness of replicable educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies) that intend to improve student outcomes. The WWC has reviewed studies of these and other Middle School Math Curricula interventions: - Cognitive Tutor - Compass Learning - Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) - Connecting Math Concepts (CMC) - Destination Math - Expert Mathematician - I CAN Learn (ICL) - Middle School MATHThematics - Partnership for Access to Higher Mathematics - Saxon Math - Successmaker -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CMP UNIT ORGANIZERS http://mabbott.org/CMPUnitOrganizers.htm To introduce students to new units from the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP), Art Mabbott has developed a set of Unit Organizers. Adapting work done by B. Keith Lenz, of the University of Nebraska, Mabbott has also shared his MS Word documents with other teachers to provide additional support as they become familiar with the CMP materials. Each Unit Organizer has a "big picture," a graphic to help visual learners; an assignment list, with tasks aligned to Seattle and Washington State Standards; and self-test questions. Units include: 6th Grade: Prime Time; Data About Us; Shapes & Designs; Bits & Pieces I; Covering & Surrounding; How Likely Is It?; Bits & Pieces II; Ruins of Montarek 7th Grade: Variables & Patterns; Stretching & Shrinking; Comparing & Scaling; Accentuate the Negative; Moving Straight Ahead; Filling & Wrapping; What Do You Expect?; Data Around Us 8th Grade: Thinking With Mathematical Models; Looking for Pythagoras; Growing, Growing, Growing; Frogs, Fleas, & Painted Cubes; Say It With Symbols; Kaleidoscopes, Hubcaps, and Mirrors; Samples & Populations; Clever Counting -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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