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Schoolwide Math Project (K-5)

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From: Roya (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Feb 13, 1999 at 22:18:12
Subject: Re: Schoolwide Math Project (K-5)

You may want to visit the following pages for suggestions:

Have the kids enter The Math Forum's Problem of the Week.

Math Fair Ideas

A unit for teachers from Tom Scavo that offers suggestions for using
geoboards to explore the length and area of two-dimensional geometric
figures. The Introduction includes pages that describe materials needed,
offer discussion and activities for investigating length and area (in
particular Pick's Theorem), and provide sample pages of dot paper to print
out. Five lesson plans focus on lines, squares, rectangles, parallelograms,
and right triangles, and a short bibliography rounds out the unit.

Lesson ideas, facilitation suggestions, lists of materials needed, and
handouts to photocopy. Artist/Educator Norman Shapiro focuses on the student
as investigator, learning through doing, and using perception to stimulate
the motivation for more developed concepts and language. Art is one of the
intrinsically interesting applications of geometry and these pages provide a
wonderful way in to this topic for children and adults alike.

This unit by Forum Teacher Associate Suzanne Alejandre is designed for
middle and older elementary school students, and includes classroom
activities for four different squares: Lo Shu, Sator, Dürer, and Franklin,
demonstrating number complexity and symmetry. Links and suggestions for
history, geography, and writing activities for teachers interested in
interdisciplinary work are included.

A unit by teacher Tom Scavo for grades 4 through 6 that uses tangrams to
compute the area of polygons without employing formulas. The terms
'congruent' and 'similar' are introduced, and students construct their own
tangrams, find the areas of tangrams, and learn to calculate the area of any
polygon constructed from tangrams.

Good luck.

 -Roya, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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