By: Maurice Bazin, Modesto Tamez, and the Exploratorium Teacher Institute
Review: Math and Science Across Cultures is a collection of activities based on ancient and modern societies. This worthwhile resource contains math from Egyptian, Mayan and Incan cultures as well as many other math and science activities. Each has background information, suggestions for how to extend activities and management tips. Calendars, counting systems and puzzles are included. This is a great resource to help look beyond European mathematics. 176 pages.
How can we help our students to develop those important skills with numbers and computation, without boring them with drillnkill worksheets? One answer is magic squares. The construction and analysis of magic squares provides practice in mental arithmetic, operations with numbers, geometry, and measurement, and encourages logical reasoning and creativity, all in a game-like setting. Each student can proceed at his or her own pace. Best of all, the students correct their own work; finding errors is part of the process.
Funforms is a new mathematical numerical notational and learning system. "Fun," because it is fundamental, functional and fun. "Forms" stands for formulae. A colleague of mine, Harold Larson, and I invented and developed it more than twenty years ago.