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Topic: 5th Grade Activity
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Anne Wheelock

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Re: 5th Grade Activity
Posted: Apr 19, 1995 9:39 AM
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I was interested in Linda Coutt's use of her activity with the Mobius strip
with a multi-leveled math group of 4-6th graders. Would any of the other
activities that have been described as good for gifted students also benefit
heterogeneous groups of students and at what ages?

>Earlier today I was a guest at one of our elementary after school math
>club meetings. The students ranged from 4-6th grade and included both
>identified gifted and not identified gifted students. We had fun
>exploring the Moibus strip (a loop with a single twist). Besides the
>usual of talking about where and why a moibus strip might be useful we:
> 1. traced a single line dividing the moibus strip horizontally
>in half, and discovering that it only has one side and one edge
> 2. cut the moibus strip along the drawn horizontal line, and
>discovering the single band, we also
> 3. explored what happened when we cut the moibus strip
>horizontally, but not in the middle (or half),
> 4. explored what happened when we glued two loops (not moibus
>strips) together at 90 degree angles and then cut them in half horizontally,
> 5. explored what would happen if the two loops were not glued
>together at 90 degree angles.
>I am basing the success of the explorations on the fact that they all
>took adding machine paper home with them to explore some more or "fool" a
>Students this age also enjoy Hexaflexagons. I spend lots of money on
>adding machine tape.
>Linda Coutts e-mail address:
>Coordinator Elementary Mathematics
>Columbia Public Schools Voice: (314) 886-2233
>1206 E. Walnut St FAX: (314) 886-2078
>Columbia, MO 65201

Anne Wheelock
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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