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Volume 9, Number 31

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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

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                 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

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                     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
            
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