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```         MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - JUNE 3, 2006 - No. 40

As you browse the catalog, please take a moment to rate a
resource, comment on it, review it -- or start a new
discussion!

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Line Gem 1
Sulan Dun
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/24433/
Line Gem 1 is a game created to help users learn how to
graph linear equations on a Cartesian coordinate plane.
Users pick the right linear equation so their dragon can
fly the correct path to get as many gems as possible. To
learn how to find points for a given linear equation, users
can click the "Introduction" button to access a tutorial.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Dimenxian
Tabula Digita
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/24326/
Students experience, explore, and apply math concepts
the free PC or Mac demo. If you enjoy the demo, pre-order
and save over 20% on the first release mission pack of
Dimenxian. The price of \$21.95 will be good only until
the launch date this summer.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: AQEP - Algebra Quadratic Equations Project
Sabine Hoidn, Phuong Pham, David Tu
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/24587/
Have you ever wondered why you need to learn quadratic
equations? This culminating lesson aims to make the math
real, by showing visually how a simple problem can be
solved by quadratic equations. The primary focus is on
the link between the problem statement and the formulation

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Bee Smart About the Weather
Karin Chapin, Xin Wei, Johnny Marples, Mary Lowe
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/24588/
A simulation allowing 2nd-grade students to change
temperature, moisture, and wind to create weather
effects. Emphasizes connections between the weather
and students' personal experiences.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: A Closer Look at Earth, from Space
Megan Slocum, Rachel Yong, Daniel Steinbock, Sima Westwood
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/24589/
There are two activities for students to try: the Seasons
Activity and the Scavenger Hunt. In the Seasons activity,
users order strips of the earth by month. Hints and
scaffolds are built into the tool. In the Scavenger Hunt
activity, users explore a July image of Earth closely by
zooming in on the image to find landforms, shorelines, and
other features on Earth. Clues on the Scavenger Hunt
Worksheet 1.1b ask students to find specific places and
features. There are 20 clues. The MS Word file containing

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
Looking for feedback to improve Line Gem 1
SulanDun writes, "Hi, I'm looking for feedback from anyone
who teaches graphing linear equations on the coordinate plane."

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
Math Worksheets Online
Nathan asks, "I'm looking into getting a subscription to
Math Worksheets Online. Can anyone offer their experiences
before I purchase?"

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