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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
• 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:
• 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.

Curriculum Information For Resource

 Snapshot Grade Level(s): 6, 7, 8 Curriculum Areas: Mathematics Themes/Keywords: Angles Challenge Patterns Percentages Shapes

Vocabulary
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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