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 Anne Wheelock Posts: 41 Registered: 12/3/04
Posted: Apr 19, 1995 9:39 AM

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
>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
>parent.
>
>Students this age also enjoy Hexaflexagons. I spend lots of money on
>
>
>later.....
>
>Coordinator Elementary Mathematics
>Columbia Public Schools Voice: (314) 886-2233
>1206 E. Walnut St FAX: (314) 886-2078
>Columbia, MO 65201
>
>

Anne Wheelock
wheelock@shore.net
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Date Subject Author
4/17/95 Jill A. Dumesnil
4/17/95 Ken Blystone
4/17/95 Andre TOOM
4/17/95 David Wang
4/18/95 Lou Talman
4/17/95 Hannah Slovin
4/18/95 Linda Coutts