 Weekend Projects—Picnic Geometry  Make Podcast
This video shows how to build an icosahedron out of paper plates, cups, or plastic sheeting—and pack some geometry into your next picnic! MAKE's accompanying post provides stepbystep instructions for assembling icosahedra from picnic supplies.
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 Welcome to Steve's Blog  Steven Rasmussen
"Advocate for Change" Steve Rasmussen, the CEO and President of KCP Technologies, keeps this blog, which he describes as his "ideas, commentary, photos, and adventures relating to mathematics education." Topics include: Rejuvenating the Mathematics Education
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 West Contra Costa Unified School District Mathematics Center  Kennedy High School
Common Core mathematics resources, presentations, instructional videos, lessons, mathematics applets, parent guides, and other materials developed by the Richmond (California) school district.
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 The Western Reserve Reading Project  The Ohio State University
With over four hundred pairs of twins participating in annual data collection sessions over the past ten years, the Western Reserve Reading Project (WRRP) explores how the environment affects children's ability to learn "by evaluating how genes and environmental
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 WGCUTV: The Faculty Lounge  SW Florida Public TV, Ft. Meyers/Naples, FL
Tools to help use the Internet in the classroom. Annotated lists of links: topics include: Copyright and the WWW; Distance Learning; Financial Aid and Scholarships; FTP; Gopher; Grants; Job Hunting on the Internet; Magazines, Newspapers, and 'Zines OnLine;
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 Whales: A Thematic Web Unit  Kimberlye P. Joyce, Curry School
A thematic unit for cooperative learning across the K5 integrated curriculum; an interactive resource for teachers, students and parents. Teacher Resources (Bibliography, Book Reviews, Glossary, Homework Suggestions); Student Activities (Whale Research,
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 What do we know about mathematics curricula?  Alan Schoenfeld, Journal of Mathematical Behavior
In the absence of either largescale empirical proof of success or the existence of compelling and documentable standards, there is reason to be cautious. The traditionalists are nervous for good reason. It should be noted, however, that the resistance
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 What Good is Math?  Peck, Rosser, Pifer; University of Richmond
A site designed to show middle school students how math is useful. Examples are drawn from everyday experience; topics include art, finance, grades, sports, planning a party or a trip, and cooking. Created by preservice math teachers.
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 What, How, and the Web  Cut the Knot!, Alexander Bogomolny
More on place value. "There is an obvious confusion there between two questions, what to teach and how to teach it. Does the failure of the New Math to present a specific topic necessarily imply that teaching this topic has no merit? The New Math has
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 What If...  Clare Williams, Deputy Head; Four Dwellings Infant School, Birmingham, U.K.
Some Mathematical Challenges for Key Stage One: part of the Year of Numeracy sponsored by the Birmingham City Council's Education Department. Questions posed such as: 1. What if you started writing numbers at 1… What is the biggest number you could get
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 What is a Fractal?  Alan Beck; Glyphs
The word "fractal" was coined less than twenty years ago by Benoit Mandelbrot, whose work, The Fractal Geometry of Nature, first introduced and explained concepts underlying this new vision. Mandelbrot derived the term "fractal" from the Latin verb frangere,
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 What Is the Collaborative Classroom? (NCREL)  M.B. Tinzmann, B.F. Jones, T.F. Fennimore, J. Bakker, C. Fine, and J. Pierce
New learning and thinking curricula require collaboration. An article that addresses shared knowledge and authority among teachers and students; teachers as mediators; heterogeneous groupings of students; teacher and student roles; interactions; challenges
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 What Should I Look For in a Math Classroom?  Mathematical Sciences Education Board (MSEB)
A set of practical guidelines, with explanations of their relevance. From the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Research Council.
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 What's Noteworthy on Learners, Learning & Schooling  Midcontinent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL)
"The major challenges for educational reform today are putting the pieces together to create sustainable systemic change and scaling up systemic reform to encompass all schools, all programmatic areas, all levels of schooling and diverse social contexts."
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 What's Sophisticated about Elementary Mathematics?  HungHsi Wu
"The characteristics of coherence, precision, and reasoning are not just niceties; they are a prerequisite to making school mathematics learnable." In this American Educator article originally published Fall, 2009, the author goes on to unpack whole number
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 what's your favourite number?  Alex Bellos
Enter your favorite number and the reasons for your choice. Part of a research project concerning how humans relate to numbers, this international survey is being conducted by Alex Bellos, author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Here's Looking At
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 What Work Requires of Schools  Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)
The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) was asked to examine the demands of the workplace and whether today's young people are capable of meeting those demands as they enter employment. In carrying out this charge, the Commission
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 What Works Better than Traditional Math Instruction  Alfie Kohn
Chapter 9 from Kohn's 1999 book The Schools Our Children Deserve contains the subsections "Why the Basics Just Don’t Add Up," "Math Worth Doing," and "Inventing Facts," as well as an appendix entitled "The Hard Evidence: Math Results."
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 What Works Clearinghouse
Reviews of the effectiveness of educational intervention programs, products, practices, and policies. Among other curricula, the WWC has reviewed studies of the Middle School Math Curricula interventions Cognitive Tutor, Compass Learning, Connected Mathematics
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 Where to Start?  Cut the Knot!, Alexander Bogomolny
A discussion of math education: the intent of the NCTM Standards, reflections on the history of constructivism, classroom practices (with a link to Marilyn Burns' Math Solutions page), and a simple applet for solving linear equations. An interactive column
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 Which Polygon Sides are Parallel?  NASA Lewis Learning Technologies Project
Which of these line segments are parallel? Two adjacent sides of a triangle; Two adjacent sides of a pentagon; Two opposite sides of a rectangle; Two radii of a circle. A diagram and a detailed answer are provided. From NASA's 9th Grade Math Proficiency
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 Which Problem Equals 25 Percent?  NASA Lewis Learning Technologies Project
Which problem has an answer of 25 percent? 1) 10 is what percent of 50? 2) 25 is what percent of 75? 3) 25 is what percent of 125? 4) 20 is what percent of 80? A detailed answer is provided. From NASA's 9th Grade Math Proficiency Test.
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 Whole Language Approach in Solving Word Problems (SMILE)  Barbara Thomas, Langston Hughes School
A lesson that uses the story of the Three Little Pigs to teach students to formulate addition and subtraction problems of whole numbers; relate everyday language to mathematics meaningfully; use problemsolving approaches to investigate and understand
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 Wholemovement  Bradford HansenSmith
Bradford HansenSmith presents the art and geometry of folding circles. As he explains, "Everything we know about geometry, mathematics, and all spatial arrangement and organization of matter is demonstrated by cutting into the wholeness of the sphere.
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 The Why Files  University of Wisconsin
An electronic exploration of the issues of science, math, and technology that lurk behind the headlines of the day, presenting those topics in a clear, entertaining and accessible manner. Provides a bimonthly feature on the science of everyday life, archived
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 Why Study Math? How to Study Math  Math Forum, Ask Dr. Math FAQ
Why do we need to learn math? When are we ever going to use it in real life? Math study tips.
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 Why Teach Mathematics?  Harold Brochmann
A series of articles addressing the questions Why do we have to learn this stuff? Why do we teach mathematics? Is the mathematics we teach relevant? Why is teaching mathematics so difficult?
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 William's Home Page  William Gibbs
A collection of activities that use simple materials to help students explore mathematical concepts. Topics include: shapes and patterns made from paper circles; geometrical activities with magic paper; window patterns from geometrical shapes; where there
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 Will it rot my students' brains if they use Mathematica?  Theodore W. Gray and Jerry Glynn
Excerpts from the introduction to The Beginner's Guide to Mathematica V4. Jerry: "I have young students who reach for their calculators to get the answer to 5×6. My response, when I see that, is to explain that such behavior is socially unacceptable,
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 Wilson A. 'Snowflake' Bentley (18651931)  Tobias C. Brown
An American farmer who spent most of his life producing photomicrographs of snowflakes at his Jericho, Vermont farm. The site includes a Snow Crystal Display with a sequence of 26 images.
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 window into a math classroom  Sadie Estrella
A snapshotdriven blog subtitled "a glimpse into a math classroom once a day." Estrella's posts, enlivened with pictures of her students and of their work on classroom dryerase whiteboards, have included "Trying Math MetaCognition," "More Arguing about
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 WinFlash Flashcard Library  Open Window Software
A general purpose study program for helping students memorize math facts. Free flashcard decks and a fractions problem generator for use in mastering basic arithmetic facts. For use with any of the WinFlash series of flashcardbased learning systems.
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 Winpossible
Online math courses in Winpossible's learning environment replicate the live classroom experience through authoring, presentation and distribution technologies that allow students to hear the teacher's voice and see their handwriting over the Internet.
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 Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER)  School of Education, Univ. of WisconsinMadison
One of the oldest and largest education research centers in the world, providing an environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct basic and applied education research. The WCER roster includes nearly two dozen research centers and projects
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 Wise Education and Behavior  Rachel Wise
Educational and behavioral tips on math strategies include "Using Games to Teach Computation"; "Teaching Mental Math"; and "Keywords, Relevant Information, Creating Visuals."
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 wNetSchool
A resource for K12 teachers, with some information for adult education teachers (i.e., the GED exam). Subscribing to the site is free, but one may also enter without subscribing. wNetSchool provides lesson plans centered around the Internet or educational
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 The Wolfram Demonstrations Project  Wolfram Research, Inc.
A web collection of freely available demonstrations in math, science, and many other areas. Interact with the demonstrations directly in your browser. Each Demonstration contains a set of related links to sites such as MathWorld, The Wolfram Functions
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 Women and Mathematics Network (WAM)  Committee for the Participation of Women, Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
A consortium of Program Directors of outreach programs in mathematics for women and girls, providing professional development opportunities for program directors; forums for sharing ideas and expertise; workshops and forums for prospective directors of
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 Women & Mathematics  Key Issues in Mathematics at the Math Forum
Find sites relevant to women, girls, and gender equity in the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library.
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 Women's Studies Database  University of Maryland
The women's studies database serves those interested in the women's studies profession and women's issues in general. Collections of conference announcements, pedagogy and other bibliographies by and about women, calls for papers, employment opportunities,
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 The Wonders of Mathematics  Galileo Educational Network Association
Scores of different puzzles tailored for use in school math fairs. See also photo displays of recent math fairs.
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 Wondrous Worksheets  Wondrous Worksheets
Purchase a yearly subscription to view over 800 educational worksheets for children covering a variety of topics including maths, science, grammar, handwriting, comprehension and other things. Sample worksheets available free. Or make your own worksheets
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 Woodlands Math Zone  Woodlands Junior School, Kent, U.K.
Pages aimed at 711 year olds. Interactive games for math practice are organized under the following topics: Number Skills; Shape & Space Skills; Mental Maths; Preparing for Sats; Educational Games; Times Tables; Measures/Time; Worksheets; Understanding
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 The Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Mathematics  The Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program for Teachers (WWLPT)
WWLPT provides leadership development for and in collaboration with K12 teachers through residential institutes, outreach institutes held around the country, publications by and for teachers, listservs, and its web site. Its mathematics resources include
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 Word.Net's Ambigram Website  David Holst
An ambigram is a word or words that can be read in more than one way or from more than a single vantage point, such as both right side up and upside down (from Latin: ambi=both + gram=letter). Read the FAQ or create your own ambigrams online.
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 Word Problems  Math Forum, Ask Dr. Math FAQ
When I'm given a 'word problem', where do I start? A variety of approaches for tackling word problems.
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 Words & Numbers
Providers of content development services to K–12 educational publishers in the basal, supplemental, assessment, and new media markets. In particular, see their featured math projects and activities for the CBS television drama NUMB3RS. Founded in 2000
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 Working Together  Math Forum, a Classic Problem from the Ask Dr. Math FAQ
Jack can paint a house in 5 days, and Richard can paint the same house in 7 days. Working together, how long will it take them to finish the job?
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 Working with Fractions Using Pattern Blocks  Margo Lynn Mankus
The objective of What's My Number? is to name the size of an object given the size of 1 unit. Materials include pattern blocks cutouts, a pattern block grid, a pattern block Java applet, and links to other pattern block activities elsewhere on the web.
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 Workplace Essential Skills: Resources Related to the SCANS Competencies and Foundation Skills  Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Dept. of Labor
This PDF report provides the results of a comparison of the workplace basic skills defined by the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) with skill frameworks developed by a variety of national and international organizations. The
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