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Date: Apr 02, 1998 at 20:39:51
Subject: Re: Math curriculum for gifted middle school students
Seems to me you have a perfect opportunity to work with the students and lay a phenomenal foundation. Begin with basic operations of fractions, decimals and integers. Expand from there. Do they understand the concept of a variable? Be sure not to reteach; take your time and plan great classroom activities. Intermingle some probability and data concepts within the activities. Get your hands on the middle school project known as the Connected Mathematics Project. http://www.mth.msu.edu/cmp/ Contact South-Western Publishing Co. at http://www.swep.com/ and get their book, <I>Mathematics: Modeling Our World</I> so that you can see activities to incorporate great algebra skills with all kinds of math and fun applications. Think more than skills and content concepts - look for the kinds of explorations that will make the mathematics more meaningful. Good luck!
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