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July 22-26, 1996 - Watertown, Massachusetts

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Claire Groden

Hosmer School
1 Concord rd.
Watertown, MA 02172
Phone: (617) 926-7740


I'm the elementary math specialist in Watertown. We are adopting a new math program Investigations In Number, Data and Space (Dale Seymour) which was developed by TERC in Cambridge.

We're very excited about this program. It is organized as long-term investigations focusing on mathematical thinking and communication, computation strategies and is a hands-on, minds-on program that we hope will produce students who are great mathematical thinkers.

We'd like to connect with other schools which are like-minded about their math so that we can do classroom to classroom projects.

I hope to facilitate the classroom to classroom connection for the teachers here in Watertown.

Some ideas we have are:

Grade 2: Investigations has the students collect data about animals in their neighborhood. Then they find ways to represent the data and begin to interpret it. We thought it would be fun to find out what kind of animals are in YOUR neighborhood - especially if you live in a different geographic location than us.

Grade 4: students are given"Mystery graphs". they have to, from the data, come up with what the data could plausibly represent and explain why. We'd like to have our students create their own mystery graphs and excahnge them with students in another classroom.

And we'd like to hear your ideas!

Please let us know if you would like to correspond with us and what grade you teach and, as the school year begins, I will pass the information along to our teachers.

Claire Groden

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