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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

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.


"I used My eCoach for a few years as my classroom website and for surveys and quizzes.

Two years ago, the district asked us to learn to use moodle because it is linked to student's grades, etc... At first, the moodle class page was separate, but needed to be accessed by student username and password. Many students forgot passwords or changed them or couldn't get on because of other reasons. This year there is a link within the students portal site to a moodle classroom page. (They still need their username and password.) This link was not to the webpage I had made earlier, but to a new one. I switched all the information over to the new because I was told the parents would be able to access it from their portal site, also. This was not true. I then switched back to My eCoach and found it so easy to use!

The parents and students both can keep up with assignments because they do not need to remember passwords! This past week, I put together an online test in portal-moodle because I was told it would grade the test and link the grade to my gradebook. What a disaster! The transferred grade was not correct and I am dealing with many e-mails from students who could not submit their finished tests. I believe I will try the on-line quiz in My eCoach next time and just copy over the grade.

I am still only using a small portion of what is available in ecoach, but am looking forward to trying all the new things that Barbara and her team have developed over the past year or so."



pictureSusan Brown
High School Science Teacher
Osceola High School - Pinellas, Florida






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