New on   October 2007

Featured Topic: Math Activity Themes

The Math Activity Theme Series is designed to collect all activities on one page for easy reference by teachers using a themed approach. It is also an easy reference tool for teachers who are looking for seasonal games, problem solving tasks, math-literature connections, or other math activities to add to math centers, Do Nows, weekly problem solving challenges, etc. to capture student fascination with seasonal topics.

The Math Activity Theme Series currently includes Bat Math and Spider Math, just in time for October and Halloween math activities. Each page is a collection of current activities, but some new activities were developed for each collection, so be sure to check each page carefully for both new and old themed activities. For example, the Bat Math page has a new Fat Bat Game and some new bat problem solving tasks.

This themed series is currently in development. Look for new themes to be added over the coming months.

Check out the new Math Activity Theme Series.

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Recent Additions to

Added on October 28, 2007: Math Songs and Chants

Check out the Pasco and Kennewick School Districts site for more math songs written to popular tunes that might help students remember math facts and concepts.

Browse the Math Songs and Chants.

Added on October 27, 2007: Activities Organized by NCTM Math Standards

Now you can search the site by NCTM Math Standard in addition to the alphabetical search. Notice that the Math Standard search option is present in the upper right of the Home and Archives pages for your convenience.

Check out the Math Standards option for locating activities.

Added on October 1, 2007: Symmetric Faces Photo Gallery

Halloween masks become a math activity when students create Symmetric Faces. Students demonstrate a working knowledge of symmetry as they make these unique masks using 1.5 sheets of construction paper, scissors and glue.

View the Photo Gallery for inspiration and download directions for making Symmetric Faces.

Added on October 1, 2007: Math Routines Resources

Resources on this page include pictures, descriptions of different teachers' practices, templates and links to online resources. There are also links to the Morning Math Routines page, which describes each routine in detail, and the Morning Math Routines: Photo Gallery, which is a collection of actual classroom pictures.

Check out Math Routines Resources to view the pictures and to download templates.

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