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From: Sally Weaver

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2000052600:08:28
Subject: permutations

A great way to begin a discussion about permutations is to read the book, "Annos Mysterious Multiplying Jar". Ask the students to keep track of the "items" as you read the story. Then, discuss when order makes a difference. For example, there are three bedrooms that you and your siblings will choose from, one that has everything, the second with the basics, and the third is a paper box. Students see the importance of order. Have students come up with their own problems where order makes a difference. For example, being chosen for a baseball team as opposed to the batting order of a team.

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