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 Aunty Math  Angela Giglio Andrews; DuPage Children's Museum
 Math challenge for grades K5 from "Aunty Math." Each challenge is presented in the form of a story taken from the life of Aunty Math, her two nephews, and her niece. View a Tips for the Current Challenge page that provides suggestions for modifying or extending each problem. more>>
 Boxes and Bags  Aunt Annie's Crafts
 Five projects that are fun to make and teach some basics of geometry: Snowflakes, Geometric Solids, and More Geometric Solids work well in gift wrapping; Flexagons and Tangrams make nice gifts. more>>
 Brain Teasers  Houghton Mifflin Company
 Math puzzles for grades 34, 56, and 7+. You don't need to be a math whiz to solve them, just to be patient and find different ways of looking at things. New puzzles and the answer to the previous week's puzzles are posted each Thursday. Helpful hints and an archive are included.
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 Resource Bibliography: Children's Trade Books in Math  Giroux, Dwyer, eds.
 A selected bibliography of books for kids that teach and reinforce math concepts,
organized by topic: counting and number, number operations, large numbers,
money, geometry, algebra, miscellaneous topics.
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Fractals  Cynthia Lanius
 This lesson plan for exploring fractals is designed so 4th through 8th grade students can work independently and be assessed innovatively. It conforms to the 1989 NCTM standards, and provides links to other fractal sites.
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Magic Squares: Math, History, Geography  Suzanne Alejandre
 Designed primarily for middle school and older elementary school students, this Math Forum Web unit includes classroom activities for four different squares: Lo Shu, Sator, Dürer, and Franklin, three of them demonstrating increasing complexity using numbers, and one made up of letters, with number and symmetry questions and links and suggestions for history / geography / writing activities for teachers interested in interdisciplinary work. Includes directions for building magic squares, definitions, discussion of some special properties of magic squares, a Java applet, and links to other magic square Web sites.
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MathMagic on the Web  Alan A. Hodson; The Math Forum
 MathMagic is a K12 telecommunications project developed in El Paso, Texas. It provides strong motivation for students to use computer technology while increasing problemsolving strategies and communications skills. MathMagic posts challenges in each of four categories (K3, 46, 79 and 1012) to trigger each registered team to pair up with another team and engage in a problemsolving dialog. When an agreement has been reached, one solution is posted for every pair. Hosted by the Math Forum.
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 Tessellation Tutorials  Suzanne Alejandre
 A series of tutorials that teach students how to tessellate (somewhat in the style of the art of M.C. Escher) using HyperCard for black and white and/or HyperStudio for color, ClarisWorks, LogoWriter, templates, or simple straightedge and compass. The tessellation lessons include units incorporating rotations and glide reflections, a section called "Where's the Math" that elaborates on some underlying geometric principles, comments contributed by others, and samples of student work.
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Through Mazes to
Mathematics
 Material about a class of mazes that have a complete mathematical description. Includes building your own labyrinth, an activity suitable for 4thgraders and up. Explores the relationship between mazes and mathematics. Examples and calculations with Simple, Alternating, Transit (s.a.t.) mazes. Other facts about maze numbers. References.
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Way Cool Math
Projects  Corona Ave. Elementary School, Grade 5
 Web pages by a classroom that has been working on different handson math projects from 4th to 6th grade levels. Interactive pages that show work samples and lessons from the most exciting math units studied: Math Fun With Spirolaterals; Exploring Number Patterns; Perimeter, Area, & Volume; Toy Story Math. From teacher Maria Swayne of the Corona Ave. School in Bell, California.
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