I started hearing about STEAM this fall and was delighted to realize that the ‘A’ was intentional. Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Math… Sounds like a good collaboration to author and scientist Adam Ruben, who explores the addition of Arts to a previously exclusive club. Thanks to Gary McFarlane for retweeting this article.

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The URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/10/full-steam-ahead

# Category Archives: Math

# Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts

Edmonton teacher, Leslie Friesen, passed on this interesting article from Scholastic. The author makes a good case for using the different pieces of the popular Lego sets to illustrate fractions in different ways. There are some printables to help students use the manipulatives. I thought it was good advice given to pre-pack the pieces you need in a bag rather than give the set out.

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The URL: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/12/using-lego-build-math-concepts

# Nix The [Math] Tricks

Back in January, I recommended a site that talked about shortcuts and thinking about a few math concepts in a different way. My thanks goes out to Edmonton teacher, Stephanie Gower, who offered me some conversation and a look at another resource that addresses why math shortcuts out of context can be troublesome. Nix the Tricks is a no-cost download pdf book that looks at common math tricks and remedies for teaching them in class. At first glance, the site uses phrases like ‘buy the book’ but know that the download is a Creative Commons licenced, no-cost one.

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The URL: http://nixthetricks.com/

# 7 Math Tips You Wish They’d Taught in School

The math purists will probably bristle at me for this one but I loved this site that long time List member, Sharon Affeld sent along. It demonstrates 7 different ways to think about math concepts using fingers, lines and illustrations. I know — it doesn’t replace ‘real’ math skills but thinking about numbers in different ways may be fun for those who are strong at math and perhaps one or two tricks might help some struggling with a concept.

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The URL: http://www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?emailid=13722&memberid=929934

# Shapeology

Here’s a fun little Flash interactive that asks students to view an arrangement of shapes (similar to a tangram) and then they are mixed up. Students then move and rotate the shapes with their mouse to re-assemble the original arrangement.

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The URL: http://www.visualmathlearning.com/Games/shapeology.swf

# Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land

When I was a student teacher in the 80’s, I used this video in a math unit. This week, I’m preparing a lesson in SketchUp about the Golden Section and wondered if I could find it online since my old VHS of it is long gone. I only need about 5 minutes from the 7:00 mark to cover this particular subject but the whole 27 minute video is well worth a look.

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The URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ZHsk0-eF0