Houston Feb 4, 2006
Philly April 18-20, 2006
Summer June 26-29, 2006
Houston Teacher Workshop June 27-28, 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
||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
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.
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.
- 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?
||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.
||Explore NSDL Middle School Portal
||Introducing Continuing Online Work
- Facilitating Workshops
- Working with Students on PoWs
The "two days" follow-up 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.