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February 2012, Volume 18, Issue 6

 FEATURES Views of Isometric GeometryRyan Andrew Nivens, Tara Carver Peters, and Jesse NivensTwo ways of drawing cubes on dot paper connect students to life outside their classroom. Views of Isometric Geometry: Appendix of additional figures A Cultural Introduction to MathAlison L. GearKindergarten students, parents, and grandparents explore mathematics from an Aboriginal perspective. Second Look:Ethnomathematics: Connecting Mathematics and Culture How Wedge You Teach the Unit-Angle Concept?Gayle M. MillsapsFifth graders rethink what calculating angle means. Reflecting on PEMDASKyungsoon JeonForgo rule-driven instruction. Use these helpful tips to teach the order of operations. Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: The Big PictureLinda Dacey and Drew PollyExamine the structure of CCSSM and consider major ideas that will influence their implementation.

 Departments news&viewsnews&views: math carnival time Problem Solversproblem solvers: problem - Valentine probability Problem Solversproblem solvers: solutions - Neighborhood survey Math by the Monthmath by the month: Fore! The love of math technology from the classroomtechnology from the classroom: Pedagogical instruction with calculators Reviewing and Viewingreviewing and viewing: Love to read about essential math backtalkback talk: Dylanâ€™s multidigit subtraction strategy

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 Second Look - Ethnomathematics: Connecting Mathematics and Culture Multicultural Literature as a Context for Problem Solving: Children and Parents Learning TogetherThrough the literature of different cultures, teachers facilitate family members working together to solve mathematical problems embedded in or related to the text of the stories. Freedom Quilts: Mathematics on the Underground RailroadExamine the geometric properties involved in making different quilt patterns and the cultural significance these quilts hold for Africans on southern plantations escaping to freedom. Lesson ideas with mathematical and multicultural connections are provided for classroom teachers. Honoring Traditions: Making Connections with Mathematics through CultureUsing a non-standardized system of measurement in the Yup'ik culture of Alaska, the article explains how this traditional system can help create connections between mathematical concepts and how these concepts are used in the world outside the classroom. Illuminations Lesson: Sticks and StonesStudents will play Sticks and Stones, a game based on the Apache game "Throw Sticks," which was played at multi-nation celebrations. Students will collect data, investigate the likelihood of various moves, and use basic ideas of expected value to determine the average number of turns needed to win a game. Connections Standard - Pre-K through Grade 12When students can connect mathematical ideas, their understanding is deeper and more lasting. They can see mathematical connections in the rich interplay among mathematical topics, in contexts that relate mathematics to other subjects, and in their own interests and experience. Through instruction that emphasizes the interrelatedness of mathematical ideas, students not only learn mathematics, they also learn about the utility of mathematics.