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Sketchpad and Middle School Mathematics

Camden County ETTC, July 27, 2006
Annie Fetter, The Math Forum @ Drexel

Agenda and a Few Sketches

Today we'll split into grade groups and the veterans will introduce and lead Sketchpad activities appropriate to the beginning-of-the-year content while the new teachers play "student" and learn about Sketchpad. We'll get to practice Sketchpad but also practice teaching with Sketchpad - introducing activities, answering questions from "students", and providing closure. There will also be time for reflection on the activities, from both the teaching and learning standpoints.

All three grades will start with the first three tours from Geometry Activities for Middle School Students.

All of the sketches today will be on the P: drive, which will likely loosely model the procedure that you'll use in your schools. Those that do not come with one of the books that you already have are included below so that you can retrieve them later (and have them put on your server).


Grade 6 - Everyday Math

Measuring Fish, from Key's Sketchpad for Young Learners
         MeasureFishA.gsp
         MeasureFishB.gsp
         MeasureFishC.gsp

Raz's Multiplying Machine, from Exploring Algebra with the Geometer's Sketchpad
         (sketch on CD/server)

Exploring Angles, from Geometry Activities for Middle School Students from Key
         (sketch on CD/server)

Exploring Translations, from Geometry Activities for Middle School Students from Key
         (sketch on CD/server)

Grade 7 - Variables and Patterns & Stretching and Shrinking

Introducing the Coordinate Plane, from Exploring Algebra with GSP from Key
         (sketch on CD/server)

Inverse Variation, from Exploring Algebra 1 with GSP from Key
         (sketch on CD/server)

Similar Figures, from Geometry Activities for Middle School Students from Key
         (sketch on CD/server)

Stretchers, by Annie Fetter
         7SS1.1.gsp

Measuring Height with a Mirror, by Annie Fetter
         7SS5.2.gsp

Grade 8 - Accentuate the Negative

Adding Integers, from Exploring Algebra 1 with GSP from Key
         AddingIntegers.gsp
         AddingIntegersPresent.gsp

Chip Board Subtraction, from Key's Sketchpad for Connected Math
         7AN_ChipSubtract.gsp

Coordinate Grid, from Key's Sketchpad for Connected Math
         7AN_Coords.gsp

Transformations on the Coordinate Grid, from Geometry Activities for Middle School Students from Key
         (sketch on CD/server)