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```MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - May 28, 2013 - No. 120

***WHAT IGNITES THE MATH FORUM?
http://mathforum.org/math_talk_landing_ignite.html
Ever wondered what the Math Forum is all about? What makes
us passionate? What IGNITES us? Now you can find out! See
how well we do with 20 PowerPoint slides advancing every
15 seconds, whether we're ready or not.

***OUR FORTHCOMING BOOK
http://mathforum.org/math_talk_landing_book.html
Our focus on sense-making and communication in our Problem
Solving Activity Series is so important, we wrote a book
about it! Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for
Sense-Making with the Mathematical Practices, authored by
Max Ray, gathers what we've learned about helping students
become proficient problem solvers, focused through the
lens of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices.

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resource, comment on it, review it -- join an existing
conversation, or start a new discussion!

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Fraction Model I
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/70641/
NCTM: Illuminations
This tool explores several representations for fractions
using adjustable numerators and denominators. You can see
decimal and percent equivalents, as well as a model that
represents the fraction. This applet restricts the range
of the numerator from 0 to 20, and the denominator is
limited to benchmark values of 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 20.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Teacher's Assistant Lite
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/204438/
Lesson Portal LLC
Teacher's Assistant Lite allows teachers to keep track
of student actions, behavior, infractions, and achievements
in the classroom. The lite version allows you to use the
app with 5 students with up to 3 actions per student.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Teacher's Assistant Pro
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/202164/
Lesson Portal LLC
Teacher's Assistant Pro allows teachers to keep track of
student actions, behaviors, and achievements in the
classroom. Communicate with parents and administration
by documenting student habits and behaviors and sending
reports via email, text or making a call right from

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Adaptive Learning Tool for Maths
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/202810/
ToKToL
The ToKToL online adaptive learning platform contains
a large (2000) set of maths questions and associated
explanatory texts. Questions are selected to adjust to
the ability of the student so that when students get
several questions wrong, questions will tend to become
easier. A teacher platform (please request an account)
allows teachers to track progress and performance of
students on individual assignments with detailed feedback.

***FEATURED ACTIVITY
Activity: Printable compass / straightedge construction
worksheets - Math Open Reference
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/activity/87354/
John Page
A web page that contains a list of 35 printable worksheets
for compass and straightedge constructions. Each printable
sheet has 2 or 3 problems and links back to the pages
interactively explaining the constructions needed. Each
sheet has a space for student name.

***FEATURED TPOW
Technology PoW: Building a House
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tpow/22862/
Suzanne Alejandre
Use a Java applet from the Freudenthal Institute to
help find the largest number of cubes and the smallest
number of cubes to make the house pictured in the problem.

***FEATURED TPOW
Technology PoW: Traffic Jam
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tpow/17230/
Suzanne Alejandre
There are eleven stepping stones and ten people. On the
five lefthand stones, facing the center, stand five of the
people. The other five people stand on the five righthand
stones, also facing the center. The center stone is not
occupied. Find the fewest number of moves for the ten people
to end up on the opposite side from where they started.

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