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September 5th, 2011, 12:54 PM
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I'm currently taking Math for Elementary Teachers and we are supposed to do a project with a written paper and a presentation with visuals. We're supposed to choose a topic in class on Wednesday and I can't seem to come up with any good ideas since math is definitely not my forte. Some of the topics suggested were manipulatives, fractals, math games, etc. but I'm hoping to try to think of something not on the list. Does anyone have any ideas? The instructions she gave us weren't very specific. I'm doing it with a partner and I think she said she thought of something but I want to have a few to choose from too.
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September 5th, 2011, 04:54 PM
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Do you have access to a SmartBoard?? Incorporating technology into lessons is always a good idea!
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September 5th, 2011, 07:56 PM
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Do you have access to a SmartBoard?? Incorporating technology into lessons is always a good idea!
Agreed!

Maybe I'm not thinking about this the right way...but what about pizza fractions, a place value mat/game, or some kind of money activity (using coins/dollar bills as manipulatives)?

Let us know what you decide to do!
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September 7th, 2011, 08:23 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions! I don't think there is a SmartBoard in the room and I actually have no experience with that yet either.

We decided to go with Tessellations. Our backup topic was going to be the golden ratio, which is a little more complicated. Our presentation is supposed to be 10-15 minutes, I think. So if anyone has done any lessons on tessellations before or has some suggestions I'd love to hear them!
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September 8th, 2011, 05:59 PM
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I don't know if it is too late for your lesson but my students love using dice and number cards during math centers. My go to sites for math lessons/activities are:
Shari Sloane - Kidscount1234.com
Mathwire.com | Summer 2011
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September 8th, 2011, 06:18 PM
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Thanks for the links! I will definitely check those out.
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September 21st, 2011, 11:09 AM
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I'm taking a math course right now that all teachers who are secondary math/science and all elementary teachers in the state have to take. I think a good project would be just doing something like they do in this class where you look at different ways to teach them than how we always have...I could tell you more if you are still looking. (I'm a math teacher...not elementary).
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