November 2006

Featured Topic:   Discrete Math

These seasonal activities were developed to provide students opportunities to analyze and learn the patterns of Pascal's Triangle.   Through repeated exposure to this important mathematical pattern, students will build understanding of the pattern and will more easily relate its use to mathematical problems they meet in the future.

Discrete math applications also include map coloring, organized or systematic counting, combinations, networks and paths, and mathematical codes, which range from the Caesar Cipher and Navajo Code Talkers of World War II to the challenge of protecting the security of information sent via e-mail and the internet today. This branch of mathematics invites students to "think outside the box" and experience math applications from a real-world experience.

  • Learn more about Discrete Math and download activities to use with students. This web page also includes links to enrichment activities on the web and logic games that require students to analyze combinations (e.g. Mastermind) or analyze the best move to win a 2-player strategy game (e.g. Nim).

Fall Math Activities

See all Fall 2006 Math Activities including Bat Math, Fall Glyphs, Fall Coordinate Graphing, Fall Problem Solving and Additional Fall Math Activities.

See all Fall 2005 Math Activities including Measurement Man, Pumpkin Activities, Symmetric Faces, Coordinate Graphing, Pumpkin Problem Solving and Links to Internet Activities.   This page also includes pictures of seasonal student work.

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About is designed to provide activities and appropriate worksheets for teachers to use in their classrooms.   All activities and worksheets support the constructivist approach to learning mathematics and the NCTM Standards.

Activities:   The activities on this site were developed by Terry Kawas and the teachers in districts where she has worked as a math consultant and coach or with students she has taught in college math-methods courses.   The activities are classroom-tested by teachers and appropriate modifications have been made to reflect this field-testing.   These activities are posted online in an effort to share quality activities and routines within the mathematics community.

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