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 >parent. > >Students this age also enjoy Hexaflexagons. I spend lots of money on >adding machine tape. > > >later..... > >Linda Coutts e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org >Coordinator Elementary Mathematics >Columbia Public Schools Voice: (314) 886-2233 >1206 E. Walnut St FAX: (314) 886-2078 >Columbia, MO 65201 > >
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