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From: Kim <hayesk@ocps.net> To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2006072823:49:01 Subject: math class opener trick One of the opener "tricks" I use with my 9th grade Algebra students was this: You need a calendar big enough for the class to gather around. I have them go up to the calendar and quietly chose 4 dates off the calendar that form a perfect square. The add the dates together and give me the total only. Then, using my magic algebra formula, I solve it and tell them the four dates they chose. If you use: n = 1st date (n) + (n + 1) + (n + 7) + (n + 9) = the total given to you Plug back in to arrive at the four dates chosen from the calendar. I use this at the beginning of distributive property, but can be used in several areas or just for fun. KIM
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