New on   January 2008

Featured Topic: Searching the site

Quick Links

There are currently five different ways to search the site for specific topics or activities. Quick links have been added to the upper left of the Home page and the main Mathwire search pages (A-Z List, Standards, Topics, Archives, What's New?) for your convenience in searching the site.

  1. Search Box: Type a word or phrase in the Search box at the top of the the home page to do a Google Search of the site on that word/phrase. This feature is also available on the major search pages of Mathwire listed at the upper left of the home page (A-Z List, Standards, Topics, Archives).
  2. Alphabetical List: Select A-Z List at the top of the Home page to go to an alphabetical listing of activities and topics. So, select W to find the Who Has? cards, for instance, or G to find more information on Glyphs. Under S, you'll find Seasonal Math Activities which will take you to a menu for all of the fall and winter math activity collections.
  3. Math Standards: Select Standards at the top of the Home or New page for a listing of activities and topics by NCTM Math Standard. Note that this list is still under development, but it's a good place to start looking for activities to address the different standards.
  4. Math Topics: Select Topics at the top of the Home page for a quick reference page to major topics on the site, such as Seasonal Math or Who Has? Activities.
  5. Mathwire Archives: Select Archives at the top of the Home page. Check through the Mathwire Archives to see past issues of the Home pages and past issues of the New pages, organized by month. This small Archives icon is available on both the Home and New pages.
  6. Home: Clicking this icon at the top of any Mathwire page will return you to the home page where you may access all of the search functions listed above.
  7. [not pictured above] New Additions to Select What's New? to go to the New page for the current month. This page details new additions to the site and provides links to those activities. This feature has been added to the quick links to make it easier to check what's been added since your last visit.

Eventually, these search options will appear at the top of each Mathwire page. For now, the Home page is a good place to start any search. Hopefully, these different options will allow users to easily locate information on specific topics.

New to The Alphabetical List (A-Z List) and the Mathwire Archives are good places for new visitors to start surfing through the site as they present an ordered tour through the activities and topics on the site.

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Recent Additions to

Added on January 26, 2008: Valentine's Day 2008 Math Activities

Activities in this 2008 collection include Valentine Probability, Valentine Discrete Math, Valentine Quilts and Valentine Symmetric Faces.

Added on January 21, 2008: Stand Up and Be Counted (Grades 5-8)

This problem requires students to analyze the pattern in the class game and to analyze how a change to the game impacts the results.

Added on January 16, 2008: Algebra Function Problems (Grades 5-8)

These real-life application problems require students to write algebraic rules and evaluate those rules (functions) for specific situations. Students are also required to write about their findings.

Added on January 15, 2008: Halfway Through the School Year Day

A special thanks to teachers who asked for suggestions for celebrating the "Halfway Through the School Year" day for older students rather than the 100th day of school. What a wonderful concept and so appropriate for 3rd-8th graders who are developing strong concepts of fractions. Here are some suggestions for activities to celebrate the day:

Added on January 5, 2008: Algebra Help

This math site is "a collection of leesons, calculators, and worksheets created to assist students and teachers of algebra. While useful in traditional Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1 courses, the site also contains a list of prime numbers and perfect squares which are great resources for middle school students as are many of the algebra topics which are also addressed in a traditional middle school math curriculum.

View all of the topics on Algebra.Help.

Added on January 4, 2008: Mathematical Quilting

A study of quilts offers the chance to investigate tessellating shapes and an opportunity to apply transformational geometry as students slide (translate), flip (reflect) and turn (rotate) quilt pieces to create a traditional quilt or to create a tessellating quilt.   Beyond the pure geometry, the use of color suggests different shapes within a shape and contributes to the beauty of the quilt design.

The activities in this series develop spatial sense in students through the use of quilt pieces.   Literature titles help students learn about the American tradition of quilting.   Links are provided to additional internet activities that address this topic.

The new Mathematical Quilt series includes: Quilt Square Challenge, Paper Block Quilts, Freedom Quilts, Math-Literature Connections: Quilts, and Quilt Links.

Visit the Mathematical Quilts Menu to start the tour.

Added on January 4, 2008: Division Bingo

Add this site to the classroom list of basic facts practice. This online practice site offers three different levels of play for students to master division facts. Students are encouraged to complete a row in the least amount of time. Students may also print out their record times.

Check out Division Bingo.

Added on January 4, 2008: Times Table Practice

This Resource Room: Free-spirited Structured Multisensory Learning site presents both research links and a very structured approach to learning the times tables, designed to help students who need a more structured approach. This site would be suitable for a classroom approach or for home-study and reinforcement for parents to work with their children. Add this approach to your differentiation strategies to help students who are overwhelmed by multiplication facts. Mastering a few facts at a time, then adding others and integrating the practice of old and new facts is an effective strategy to help students who experience difficulty with the whole-table approach.

Check out Times Tables Practice.

Added on January 4, 2008: Math Lab Dictionary

This is a great addition to the math curriculum resources and would benefit teachers, students and parents as an online resource. This math dictionary is especially suitable for Grades 4-9 as it includes mathematical terms, drawings and examples to illustrate the meanings.

Check out the Math Lab Dictionary

Mathwire Archives:

See Mathwire Archives for past issues of What's New on and for past month's featured articles.