> 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? The Mobius strip activities described are great with a heterogeneously grouped class of students at a similar grade level. As she described in her posting, her group included identified and non-identified students. The activity was very appropriate for all of those students. However for the gifted math student this type of activity is not just appropriate it is essential. For the child who can master an entire grade level curriculum in weeks or days, activities like this are a requirement to prevent burnout or shut down. We cannot just give these children more of what they already know how to do, or the same kind of problems with longer numbers. We have to give something that is different and will challenge them to think and use their brain for something besides trying to imagine what they would rather be doing during math time. These activities should not be limited to an after school math club, but should be part of their math curriculum. Whether you should enrich a gifted math students curriculum with activities like this or accelerate them into higher level mathematics disciplines is another whole topic for debate.