>Karen Dee Michalowicz wrote: >I'm already thinking about l997. I do a math tour of England >each year with my middle school students. I think I will >propose speaking on what I do. It's a ball. Does it sound >interesting to you all?
Karen - yes it does sound interesting! Math history is not my area, but it sounds fascinating. A friend brought me a book that sounds perfect for your trip to England w/ middle school students (you may already be familiar with this due to your interest in the area of history) : A Teacher's Guide to Maths and the Historic Environment, by Tim Copeland. Published by English Heritage
This book could be used for any historical sites, not just those in England. There are tons of hands-on activities relating the characteristics of historical sites with mathematics. The activities involve measuring, estimating, geometry, graphing, etc. etc., all in the context of questions about the site, i.e. Who lived here? What was it used for? Which were the important rooms? How big/old was it? What was the shape? and many others. It is really a neat book - I have not used it yet, but I see lots of possibilities. If you are interested I have the address of the publisher. Have a great time!!