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Math Destinations

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Math Destinations

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Elementary students will love the Lemonade Stand. It's a great way to introduce variables and business economics.

MATHEMATICS is the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets using numbers and symbols. It is also dazzling, magical, perplexing, challenging, cool, awesome, and fun. Research has shown that the more-abstract concepts become more concrete when modeled onscreen and guided by teachers.

Center for Technology and Teacher Education: Mathematics

Teaching students how to think mathematically through hands-on technology is one of the goals at the Center for Technology and Teacher Education. The focus for this project was developing lessons around graphing calculators, Geometer's Sketch-pad, Microsoft Excel, the Explore Math.com Web site, Global Positioning Systems, and Micro Worlds Logo. Activities range from Collecting and Numerically Analyzing M&M Data to Exploring Geometric Constructions of Parabolas. Files for completing the activities can be downloaded into your software programs.

Coolmath4kids

Elementary students will love the Lemonade Stand. It's a great way to introduce variables and business economics. The Tower of Hanoi is a game of skill and logic in which rings must be moved from one pole to another in the proper order by size. Dozens of other thinking games will keep students occupied for hours.

Count On

Count On is an awesome site that features games, puzzles, mysteries, and competitions for all ages. In the game Dino Dig, students learn how to plot the X and Y axes while looking for dinosaur bones. In Math Mysteries, students can help Dottie Double fix the computer and tally votes at the Pop Awards. For teachers, there is a database of problems to search and use in the classroom.

Educational Java Programs

WOW! These Java applets, complete with instructions and lesson plans, were designed for teachers to use in the math curriculum. Within these interactive programs, students choose correct coins or bills to pay for things, set the correct time on the clock, and explore basic math skills with integer bars. In addition, students learn about base 10, the Pythagorean Theorem, fractals, and Pi.

Elsenhower National Clearinghouse

One of the most comprehensive databases of math and science resources is located at the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC). Searching this site's online catalog will return a wealth of information, including content descriptions, appropriate grade levels, pricing, and sources for selected materials. The complete National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics is available here, accompanied by extensive background information. Another useful feature is the Digital Dozen, a monthly list of Web sites highlighting the best in math and science on the Net.

Figure This

Does it make a difference where you shop? How could I send the check and not pay the bill? Involve families in learning math by sending students home with challenging problems. In these two examples, students interpret graphs, compare prices, and examine probability. Students can move on to more difficult problems, which help them to think about other possibilities. There are more than 75 challenges available that are indexed by the title of the challenge and math category. Figure This is a joint project of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and Widmeyer Communications, with support from the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Fun Mathematics Lessons by Cynthia Lanius

Loads of lessons can be explored at this super site. Lanius has designed practical, fun ways to teach math in the classroom. For instance, the unit on fractals begins with, "Why study fractals?" Then, it continues with making fractals and culminates by answering a series of questions based on the experience. …

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