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Math Literacy News: Volume 3 Fall 1995

This issue of the Math Literacy News is devoted to the activities from the Instructional Strategies Academy held at Mohican Lodge on July 17 - 19, 1995. During the first day, we were privileged to have Mary Jane Schmitt, from the Massachusetts Department of Education and president of the newly created Adult Math Practitioner's Network (ANPN). The focus of the day was problem solving and with that in mind, answers to the following activities are not included. Try some with your classes or with your friends.
Nancy L. Markus

Solo Roll Em:
Materials Used: 1 calculator and 1 die.

Many of the activities came from Family Math, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1986. This book is a wealth of ideas that can be used for ABE, ESL, family literacy, pre-GED® and GED® classes! Ed. Note.

Three Bean Salads:
Materials Used: 3 types of dry beans, paper plates or paper cups to hold the beans.

Double Digit:
Materials Used: 1 die and a score sheet .

Other questions from participants:

What is the largest number you could have gotten from all 7 rolls?

What is the best strategy for deciding where to place the numbers?

Group problem solving activities are appropriate for all classes and levels, including heterogenous groupings. The following two activities come from Spaces, published by Dale Seymour. Ed. Note.

Materials Used: six students in each group with one card each.

SPACES, p. 64, Dale Seymour Publications

Copyright 1982 by The Regents of the University of California. Printed in the United States of America. Published simutaneously in Canada.

The material was prepared with the support of the National Science Foundation Development in Science Education Program Grant No. SED-7918980. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

Salary Scramble:
Materials Used: six students in each group with one card each.

SPACES, p. 69, Dale Seymour Publications

Tangram Questions:
Materials Used: Tangram pieces.

If the area of the large triangle is one square unit, what is the area of the other TANGRAM pieces?

Pattern Block Fractions:
Materials Used: Pattern blocks which consist of yellow, red, green, and blue pieces cut into hexagons and triangles.

If the yellow hexagon is one whole, what is the value of the red, green, and blue blocks?

Write some equations such as 2Y + 3R = 21G.

Make a pattern with the yellows, greens, blues, and reds. How much is your pattern worth if the red block in worth $10.00?

Newspaper Numbers:
Materials Used: newspaper

Find a number on one page of the newspaper and write it down.

Write the headline or sentence that contains that number.

Rewrite the headline or sentence, leaving out the number.

What meaning does the number have? How does omitting the number change the meaning of the headline or sentence?

Is the number exact or an estimate? How can you tell?

Does the newspaper article always have at least one number in it? Can you find an article that does not have a number in it?

Show why numbers are important to a newspaper by giving five ways in which numbers are used in a newspaper.

Fold and Punch:
Materials needed: paper and punch.

Charley Flaig, adult education instructor for the Northwest Local Schools ABLE program since 1989, was named Outstanding Adult and Continuing Education Instructor in the Southeast Region of OAACE at their annual meeting in Columbus this past April. Congratulations, Charley!

Math Literacy News is a publication of the Ohio Literacy Resource Center and is edited by Nancy Markus.

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