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```        MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - JUNE 29, 2007 - No. 53

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

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
Algebra Textbook Recommendation
Kenny C explains, "I work in a high school continuation
program, where students need to be able to learn as much as
they can from their textbooks.... Please give me
recommendations of what Algebra texts you feel would be
most helpful for students in this situation."

***FEATURED ACTIVITY
Slope Pix Lab
Kathy Traylor
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/activity/31775/
This is a computer activity using Sketchpad and specially
selected pictures located online to help students understand
the concept of slope.

***FEATURED TOOL
Secret Worlds: The Universe Within
Matthew J. Parry-Hill, Christopher A. Burdett, Michael W. Davidson
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/31892/
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth.
Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders
of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree in Tallahassee,
Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a
leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls,
the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the
subatomic universe of electrons and protons.

***FEATURED TOOL
Understanding Averages
Birmingham Grid for Learning
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/31675/
The aim of the Understanding Averages topic area is to
introduce learners to averages, calculating the mean and
finding the range. Linked resources include factsheets,
games, quizzes, and worksheets.

***FEATURED TOOL
Probability
BBC: Skillwise
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/31674/
The 'Probability' module looks at the probability scale
(from 0 to 1) and uses fractions to represent probability.
It also touches on using percentages and decimals to express
probabilities, by converting between fractions, decimals
and percentages.

***FEATURED TOOL
BBC: Skillwise
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/31673/
The Mental Addition and Subtraction module can be used as
a starting point for: learning different methods of mental
games, quizzes, and worksheets.

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***OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 9-10
The MathMentor
http://mathforum.org/cooke/
The Math Forum @ Drexel is offering the MathMentor, an
online mentoring program that is designed to expand
students' career aspirations and help them to develop
interest in math, science and technology. Applications
are currently being accepted.

***OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS OF GRADES 3-5
Free Online Professional Development Workshops
Tools for Building Math Concepts
http://mathforum.org/toolsandconcepts/
This workshop sponsored by Microsoft Corporation introduces
the use of computers to develop fundamental concepts of
multiplication, fractions, division and area through the
process of generating data and examining patterns.

***OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS OF GRADES 5-9
Free Online Professional Development Workshops
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build
Algebraic Reasoning
http://mathforum.org/nsdl_mathtech/online/
Teachers explore how technology can help students build
algebraic reasoning as they model and solve contextualized
problems using a variety of representations, including
graphs, tables, equations, and words.

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