Please help--need ideas for math games

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    scarlet_begonia Comrade

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    Jan 30, 2007

    A little background: I'm a preschool teacher who also does parent or teacher workshops for a local tv station. They are usually literacy-based and the focus is early childhood. Now I have one where the focus is elementary math. (which I have not done since student teaching, 10 years ago!)

    The "script" I received (for a teacher workshop) tells me to teach Venn Diagrams and estimating/graphing jelly beans. Teachers KNOW this already! So I'm going to go in there armed with a bunch of fun classroom activities to share with the teachers. ANY help, suggestions, or ideas would be great! I have a week and half to prepare.
     
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    An update: this is gonna be even harder than I thought. I found out that it is for a special ed school, and runs from elementary to high school. The "preferred focus" is on middle school/high school. I really need hands on ideas for algebra/consumer math! Please! Your own ideas, your favorite websites, ANYTHING.
     
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    Start with this, to remind you that math is cool: Go Figure: A Totally Cool Book about Numbers by Johnny Ball (Dorling Kindersley, 2005, ISBN 0-7566-1374-4).

    Then try Math Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams (Barron’s, 1995, ISBN 0-8120-1809-5), which has fine hands-on activities for number patterns and a variety of other things.

    Marilyn Burns's books on math - sorry I don't have any handy - are good sources.

    For Web sites, try rummaging around among these:

    Coolmath.com, http://www.coolmath.com.

    Figure This, http://www.figurethis.org. 80 printable math challenges for middle schoolers plus tips for parents and teachers. “When you back up from a wall mirror, do you see more of yourself?”

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, http://illuminations.nctm.org/swr/index.asp,
    http://illuminations.nctm.org/tools/index.aspx.

    Purplemath, http://www.purplemath.com

    Teaching Resources and Information (for Practicing and Prospective Teachers) by James Olson,
    http://www.wiu.edu/users/mfjro1/wiu/tea/page1-99.htm. What this doesn't cover, you probably don't need.
     

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