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Figure This!

This website demonstrates challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students. Cartoon characters named Polygon, Tessellation, Exponent, Tangent, and Axis illustrate the challenge features. Each challenge features:
  • a description of the important math involved
  • a note on where the math is used in the real world
  • a hint to get started
  • complete solutions
  • a "Try This" section
  • additional related problems with answers
  • questions to think about
  • fun facts related to the math
  • resources for further exploration.
  • To help families support their children's math studies, Figure This! has family support materials including:
    • sample questions to ask teachers and administrators about the school setting
    • information on how to prepare students for continuing education
    • suggestions to help with math homework
    • information on the changes in mathematics education
    • examples of math in literature.
    These resources, designed especially for families, are in the Family Corner.

    Published by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1999-2004

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):6, 7, 8
Curriculum Areas:Mathematics
Themes/Keywords: Angles

equations, linear, functions, variable, coordinates, circumference, velocity, ratio, proportions, complementary, probability, tessellation, geometry, algebra, statistics, probability

Essential Question(s)
1. How does math help with real-world problems?
2. Where/how do the different areas of math intersect?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How can we represent math problems and solutions visually?
2. What box shape holds the most popcorn?
3. How many different ways are there to get to any particular destination?

Extension and Activities
1. After your students complete several of the Challenges, have them brainstorm questions for another challenge.
2. Suggest that older children work on simplified challenges for younger children, and have them help the younger children write out a complete explanation of their solution(s).
3. Invite parents to participate with their children in solving challenges.

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