Math Times Herald

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Math Times Herald


Student Activity Goals

* Students will communicate mathematics ideas using a Class newspaper.

* Students will interview school personnel, parents, and community leaders about the ways they use mathematics at home and at work.

* Students will use measurement skills or desktop-publishing software to determine layouts for the newspaper.

* Students will gather information on the costs of advertising in the newspaper and graph the results of their data collection.

* Students will read and report on books with mathematical topics and content.

* Students will research mathematical topics and write articles for the newspaper.

Planning for Instruction

If the Math Times Herald is to be a successful class project, careful planning is essential. Teachers may want to assign different research and writing teams to each issue if more than one is to be published during the year. The suggestions that follow are designed to work with the format and headlines on the student page, but teachers are encouraged to have students develop their own headlines and column headings. This activity can be a class project, or several small groups can be responsible for writing separate issues. Students can generate their own topics for articles and research that showcase their expertise and interests.

The column titled "Daily Newsworthy Mathematics" might include subsections with weather statistics, school sports statistics, or results of surveys or data gathered by the class. "Break the Math Code" might contain number-pattern problems, cryptograms, or articles on the development of Morse code or Braille with examples for students to decode. An issue of Student Math Notes (May 1989) contained an article called "Ciphers," which is good background information for this section.

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