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Date: Nov 01, 2001 at 17:19:47
Subject: Re: Mathematical Palindromes for Elementary Ed.
Dear Sarah, We recently answered another question about palindromes and opened the question up for discussion. The activities we offered may be a bit high conceptually for 2nd grade, but it might give you ideas about creating your own hands-on lesson. Here's the discussion: Palindromes http://mathforum.org/t2t/thread.taco?thread=7140 To me, one of the values of studying palindromes is that it can reinforce concepts like place value, magnitude, and measurement of time (dates) in a way that's different from more routine math lessons. It might be a fun way to get the students to think about and compare numbers. What palindrome is closest to but less than 379? What palindrome is closest to but more than 2146? What are some 2-digit palindromes. Is there a pattern for these? What happens if you add a 2-digit palindrome to another 2-digit palindrome? I like to watch my odometer when I drive and notice the palindromic numbers. My most recent was 36263. It reminded me that I was late for an oil change! I agree that palindromic numbers are probably not a vital concept to teach elementary students, but you and your students can have fun playing with the numbers! -Kristina, for the T2T service
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