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October 2011, Volume 17, Issue 3


Take a Bite out of Fraction Division
Nesrin Cengiz and Margaret Rathouz
When it comes to fractions, students often understand just part of the story. Assign some meaningful problems to help them see the whole picture.

Geometry Sleuthing in Literature
Faith H. Wallace, Mary Anna Evans, and Megan Stein

Mysteries and detective stories that highlight technical vocabulary can seamlessly become part of math class.

more4u-MTMS-100x23 Podcast from NCTM's 2012 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Googies, Pancakes, Band-Aids, and Shel Silverstein
Presenter: Wade Sherard

Second Look:
Connecting to Literature

Getting into Gear
Georgia A. Cobbs and Edith Cranor-Buck
A team teaching activity allowed students to answer these driving questions, “How far did your car climb?” and “What gear ratio did you use?”

Making the Most of Universal Design for Learning
Jessica H. Hunt and Janet B. Andreasen
More than just accommodation, this framework is designed to help teachers reach all students—no matter their level of ability.

Social Justice Lessons and Mathematics
Jason D. Johnson
A social justice activity can be successfully used from year to year without a lot of time-intensive reworking.

Second Look - Connecting to Literature

Historical Research: How to Fit Minority and Women's Studies into Mathematics Class
A lesson for studying minority and women's contributions to the field of mathematics. This article contains the groundwork for teaching to get started on a research project that highlights the accomplishments of famous women and minority mathematicians. An activity sheet and rubric for assessing student work are included

Every Story Tells a Picture
A connection between literature and mathematics through a story-graphing project. Students learn how to transfer ideas from story graphs to make them mathematical in nature. Teachers will learn how to teach students this skill and to implement it in the classroom.

Using Creative Writing and Literature in Mathematics Classes
How a mathematics teacher uses literature and creative writing in her ninth-grade classes to motivate, instruct, and assess her students. Activity sheet, rubric, and samples of student work are provided.

Illuminations Lesson: Averages and The Phantom Tollbooth
Students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children's literature. Using The Phantom Tollbooth as a literature basis, students explore the concept of averages.

Connections Standard for Grades 6-8
Mathematics classes in the middle grades should continually provide opportunities for students to experience mathematics as a coherent whole through the curriculum used and the questions teachers and classmates ask. Students reveal the ways they are connecting ideas when they answer questions such as, What made you think of that? Why does that make sense? Where have we seen a problem like this before? How are these ideas related? Did anyone think about this in a different way? How does today's work relate to what we have done in earlier units of study? From these discussions, students can develop new connections and enhance their own understanding of mathematics by listening to their classmates' thinking.