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Houston Teacher Workshop June 2728, 2007
Using Math Software Tools in the Middle School Classroom
a workshop for middle grades teachers
Cynthia Lanius, Rachel Klein, and Carolyn Swann, Facilitator

Thursday, June 28, 2007
8:30 
To get started today, review
Using what was introduced Day 1, try this:
 Login to Math Tools
 Search or browse for a useful tool
 Save it to My MathTools
 Post to a discussion
 Rate some tools and possibly write some comments

9:00 
Fair/Unfair Game
Rules:
Player 1 wins 10 points when the spinner stops at yellow.
Player 2 wins 16 points when the spinner stops at blue.
Player 3 wins 24 points when the spinner stops at red.


Set the Adjustable Spinner as above. Play the game 5 times and calculate the winnings. Predict the score for each player after playing the game 300 times. Play the game 300 times and the scores.
 Explore the tool.
 Reflect on the importance and challenge of the math and the value that the tool adds to the exercise.
 Talk about the math together.
 How would you extend the activity?

9:30 
Grade Groups: Selecting and Aligning
Create a set of recommended tools for your grade.
(Please use this online form to submit resources.)
 Tool: Zap the Aliens
 Tool: Building Houses with Side Views
 Tool: Geoboard
 Tool: Secret Worlds: The Universe Within Powers of Ten
 Tool: Pie Chart
 Tool: Fraction Pieces
 Tool: Multiplying Fractions
 Tool: Arithmetic Four
 Tool: Function Machine [Shodor's Project Interactivate]
 Students investigate very simple functions by trying to guess the algebraic form from inputs and outputs.
 Tool: Function Machine [National Library of Virtual Manipulatives]
 This virtual manipulative is designed to teach the concept of a function. It does so by allowing you experiment with various functions.
 Tool: The Maze Game [Shodor's Project Interactivate]
 This activity allows the user to practice their point plotting skills by having them move a robot through a mine field to a target location.
 Tool: Cutouts, Nets [Freudenthal Institute]
 Dynamic net for constructing Platonic solids. Slider adjusts from flat to solid; it is interesting to see the shapes materialize from the flat nets.
 Tool: Balance applets
 A series of balance applets of increasing difficulty.
 tPoW: Munching Bugs
 Help Sam the Chameleon use a special rule to find the bugs he can eat.
 tPoW: Temperature Change
 Use the given information to find the temperature.
 tPoW: Galactic Exchange II
 By using the vending machine to buy food, determine the relative values of the coins.

11:30 
Lunch

12:15 
Explore NSDL Middle School Portal

1:15 
Introducing Continuing Online Work
 Facilitating Workshops
 Working with Students on PoWs
The "two days" followup work during the school year will be conducted online, and will consist of a number of activities and opportunities for online collaboration and participation. It will represent the equivalent of a minimum of two days of work. The nature of the work will vary depending on the interests of the participants.
 Outline next year's plan for you and your class. Include a communication plan with Math Forum staff for support.
 Draft a presentation/workshop and support plan for your staff. Include a communication plan with Math Forum staff.

3:00 
Post Survey

3:30 
Dismiss 
