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Math Tools Newsletter
June 30, 2014 - No. 133
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The EnCoMPASS Project is developing an online professional teaching community of 
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 through work with formative assessment rubrics and feedback to student problem solving.

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Featured Discussions
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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
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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.

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