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This Tuesday is Earth Day. Use this activity to demonstrate the various mappings of our 3-d Earth to a 2-d piece of paper. Students compare maps with this famous photo and check to see which characteristics are maintained and which are distorted. Clicking on this image will show a larger, expandable image in a new window. In honor of Earth Day we encourage you to show your classes the beauty of the Earth and remind everyone of one of the first times that it was seen in its entirety from space, December 7, 1972 from an Apollo mission. Read more →

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10 Unusual Ways to Explore Math I confess. I never really liked math. I played the school game well so I received pretty good grades, but after I passed the test (even after receiving an A in most cases), those rules, theorems and facts didn’t stick around for very long. The problem was everything was drilled into me, or as I like to think now, drilled out of me. 14 Virtual Tools: Favorite Math Apps More and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students. Whether you’re modeling a lesson, creating stations, or working in a one-to-one classroom, virtual tools can promote student engagement while increasing academic success. Here are some apps for iPads — along with a few other tips — that can transform your daily lessons and are definitely worth checking out! Base Ten Blocks Number Pieces is a great free app that allows every student with an iPad to have an endless number of base ten blocks at their fingertips. Whether they are learning basic place value, modeling how to add decimals, or exploring expanded notation, this app is worth looking into.

WISELearn Resources guest WISELearn Resources Mathematics Mathematics Results 8 math talks to blow your mind Mathematics gets down to work in these talks, breathing life and logic into everyday problems. Prepare for math puzzlers both solved and unsolvable, and even some still waiting for solutions. Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs When Ron Eglash first saw an aerial photo of an African village, he couldn’t rest until he knew — were the fractals in the layout of the village a coincidence, or were the forces of mathematics and culture colliding in unexpected ways? Here, he tells of his travels around the continent in search of an answer.

ELL - Independent vs. Dependent Variables In my last post I included some samples of student work (mini-posters). I decided to make a separate post to highlight the two mini-posters from my ELL students. These two students started out the semester and I was super worried about having them in my class. As best as I could tell, they weren't able to speak any English. I'm glad I was semi-wrong. Some of it was just shyness. Model and Solve Math Word Problems Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6

Math Tests and Quizzes That Are Aligned Core Math Curriculum Math Tests and Topic/Skill Based Quizzes We now have a full line of tests for each section of the common core curriculum. Test are fully available to members for immediate download. There is a test sampler in each section for those who haven't signed up yet and want to see what it is all about. MathNEXUS: Mathematics Portal For the past 29 years, I have taught a mathematics history course, and was even the creator of the course at my university. During this time, I have learned not only a great amount of the history of mathematics, but also have gained experience on how to integrate math history ideas into my normal teaching of mathematics. In an attempt to share some of this gained knowledge and experiences, I now announce the release of a new website Teaching Mathematics History. It is a collection of materials directed at either teaching a math history class or including math history ideas in other math courses. FREE resources that are being made available: ​An extensive set (about 300 pages) of problem-solving lessons that include student materials, teacher commentary, problem sets, problem commentary, associated writing topics, and references.

This is an amazing website that gives real world examples to apply math. You can type in any topic and it pulls up examples to discuss in class. by Apr 21

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