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May 2006, Volume 11, Issue 9


The A-Maizing Corn Lab: A Geneticist's Biography Leads a Mathematics Exploration
Julie Cwikla, Marcelle Patterson
An innovative lesson that integrates genetics, literature, and mathematics as a context for students to investigate patterns on Indian corn. This two-day lesson requires students to estimate, collect data, identify and describe patterns, represent their data using bar graphs, use Punnett squares, and investigate probability. Includes questions to be used for worksheets, and samples of student work.

Developing Algebraic Thinking through Pattern Exploration
Lesley Lee, Viktor Freiman
How to scaffold classroom questioning —using the growing T pattern—to bring out the best in students' algebraic thinking. Includes sample questions, as well as examples of students' solutions.

Why, Why Should I Justify?
John Lannin, David Barker, Brian Townsend
Various justifications underlying students' algebraic generalizations. Includes sample questions for student exploration, as well as possible student responses.

Thanks from the Editorial Panel - May 2006
Editorial Panel
The Editorial Panel of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School thanks all editors, referees, and reviews for their work in maintaining the high quality of the MTMS. The Editorial is a regular department of the journal, updating the audience on Calls for Manuscripts and thanking readers for their submissions.

Science and Mathematics in Balance
Peggy House
Explores the concept of the center of gravity and the geometry involved in locating the center of gravity of an object. Includes sample questions for students.

Implementing Reform Practices in a Middle School Classroom
JoAnn Cady
The author's struggles, journey, and resolve to reform her teaching practice to align with her beliefs about teaching and learning mathematics. Includes a list of questions that promote mathematical thinking, and a sample grading rubric.

Where is the Moon Tonight?
Susann Mathews, Kevin Cornell, Beth Basista
Activities that fifth-grade students experienced when learning about the moon, its phases, and eclipses. It illustrates how mathematics and science can be integrated to enhance the learning of both. Includes student activity sheets and a sample of student work.

Classified Index: Volume 11, August 2005–May 2006- FREE PREVIEW!

The Editorial Panel of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School lists an author index and classified index of each article in Volume 11 of the MTMS.