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Philadelphia Teacher Workshop June 21-22, 2007

Using Math Software Tools in the Middle School Classroom

a workshop for middle grades teachers

Steve Weimar and Annie Fetter, Facilitators

Friday, June 22, 2007

8:30 Sam and Teri's Bank Accounts
9:15 Paper Pool
Explore the tool and identify interesting tasks or questions.
  • Find the sizes of ten tables that would require 5 hits each to sink the ball.
  • What relatively prime-sized tables result in 11 hits? (relatively prime: for an m X n table, m and n have no common factors)
  • Write the rule (maybe two rules) for how many hits it would take to sink the ball, for an m by n table.
  • Try an online survey to check your understanding.
  • Design an activity (and possibly a variation on the tool) that you think would work better with your students.
  • Reflect on the importance and challenge of the math and the value that the tool adds to the exercise
  • Rate and save in My Math Tools
9:45 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 record the scores.

  • Design a task or sequence that would develop algebraic reasoning.
10:30 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

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

Resources SDP Core Curriculum, First Six Weeks
Grade 5, Cycle 1
Grade 6, Cycle 1
Grade 7, Cycle 1
Grade 8, Cycle 1
  Finding PoW Resources
  Math Tools Aligned to Math in Context

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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.