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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

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
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" 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.
3:00 Post Survey
3:30 Dismiss

© 2007 The Math Forum @ Drexel, part of NSF's NSDL
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant DUE-0226284. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.