~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Math Tools Newsletter June 30, 2014 - No. 133 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Announcements --------------------------- Ask Dr. Math on Twitter https://twitter.com/AskDrMath Follow @AskDrMath! "We are mathematicians, teachers, engineers, artists, parents, and more! We want to help you understand your math questions, big and small." Emerging Communities for Mathematical Practices and Assessment (EnCoMPASS) http://mathforum.org/encompass/ The EnCoMPASS Project is developing an online professional teaching community of mathematics educators focused on understanding and improving mathematical thinking through work with formative assessment rubrics and feedback to student problem solving. Our Book: Powerful Problem Solving http://mathforum.org/math_talk_landing_book.html Visit our Companion Web site and, in particular, our Classroom Videos page. Featured Discussions --------------------------- Best & New Way to Teach Long Division http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=m2__ja_lesson__g-1 henrywilliamsonn announces, "The Long Division Made Easy is an app made for the children who are learning division." log identities http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=a2_lm____g-5 Don Cohen-The Mathman writes, "Identities for logs... how do I do this with students?" Featured Resources --------------------------- As you browse the catalog, please take a moment to rate a resource, comment on it, review it -- join an existing conversation, or start a new discussion. Tool: Touch Natural Numbers - Maurici Carbσ http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/240793/ With this app you can: analyze the factors of a composite number. build a composite number from its factors (multiplication and division of natural numbers). localize or select a number in the Ulam Spiral. (Only prime numbers have a color in this spiral). verify all the possible products between primes in a composite number with the parabolic sieve. analyze or build a number with the place value activity (addition and subtraction of natural numbers). understand the modulo of a number. know about polygonal numbers and the numbers as the sum of two prime numbers, and as the sum of three prime numbers. Tool: Kids Measurement Science Lite - INFINUT http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/241075/ Young scientists learn to analyze the physical world by measuring across a variety of domains - time, size, weight and money. 5-8 year old kids measure length, weight, time and money in this science app using a tape measure, scale, clock and coins in 20 exercises. Tool: Paper Pool Tool - NCTM: Illuminations http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/12917/ This applet allows users to explore the game of Paper Pool in which a ball leaves a corner at 45 degrees and continues on until landing in a pocket. Lesson Plan: Which Pocket? - NCTM: Illuminations http://mathforum.org/mathtools/lesson/13008/ In this lesson, students continue their investigation by discovering a rule to predict the pocket in which the ball will land. As an extension, students can also consider the number of squares that a ball crosses while traversing its path. Lesson Plan: How Many Hits? - NCTM: Illuminations http://mathforum.org/mathtools/lesson/13006/ Students will continue their investigation of the Paper Pool game by exploring more tables and organizing the results. Using the data that they collect, they will attempt to find a relationship between the size of the table, the number of hits that occur, and the pocket in which the ball lands. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Quick Links... Math Tools - http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ Newsletter Archive - http://mathforum.org/mathtools/newsletter/ Math Topics - http://mathforum.org/mathtools/sitemap.html Discussions - http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html Community - http://mathforum.org/community/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Math Forum @ Drexel is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel University School of Education http://goodwin.drexel.edu/soe/