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Pre-algebra and algebra software

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From: Suzanne A. (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Sep 28, 2001 at 10:01:00
Subject: Pre-algebra and algebra software

Dear Geoff,

Until June of 2000 I taught middle school mathematics in a computer lab 
setting and I used a variety of software programs as well as Java-applets with 
my lessons. I would be happy to share resources of ideas you could use with 
your students if you have Internet access with your students. Since you asked 
specifically for software ideas, I will stick to that idea for now. 

Geometer's Sketchpad
  http://mathforum.org/dynamic/  (provides lesson ideas)

Tangram by S.T. Han
  http://members.aol.com/sth777/default.html
Chinese Tangram activity:
  http://mathforum.org/alejandre/mathfair/tangram.html   

KaleidoTile
  http://www.geom.umn.edu/software/download/KaleidoTile.html
Polyhedra activities:
  http://mathforum.org/alejandre/workshops/unit14.html

Tessellations
  http://mathforum.org/sum95/suzanne/tess.intro.html
using a variety of software including HyperCard, HyperStudio, Geometer's 
Sketchpad, Claris Works, LogoWriter.

Kali
  http://www.geom.umn.edu/software/download/kali.html
  http://mathforum.org/alejandre/mathfair/kali.html  (provides lesson idea)

Hands-On Math
  http://venturaes.com/products/hands-on_math/index.html
What is Area?
  http://mathforum.org/alejandre/frisbie/one.inch.tiles.html

Pedagoguery Software Inc.
Poly
  http://www.peda.com/poly/Welcome.html
Tess
  http://www.peda.com/tess/Welcome.html

Claris Works - spreadsheets
  http://mathforum.org/alejandre/spreadsheet.html
Graphing Linear Functions
  http://mathforum.org/alejandre/linear.graph.html
Leonardo da Vinci Activity
  http://mathforum.org/alejandre/frisbie/math/leonardo.html

Math Stars
  http://www.kidsdomain.com/down/mac/mathstars.html
Operations with Integers
  http://mathforum.org/alejandre/frisbie/math.stars.html

These were some of the CD ROMs that we used:
Math for the Real World 
  http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/reviews/math/4/realmath/merge.shtml
Mathville VIP
  http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/reviews/math/5/vip/merge.shtml
Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
  http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/reviews/math2/logical/merge.shtml

Last but not least, we used Claris Works for word processing and also the 
paint program to make mathematical illustrations.

I hope some of those ideas are useful. Please don't hesitate to write again if 
you would like some Internet suggestions. 

 -Suzanne A., for the T2T service

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