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Assignment 1 BOOK

DESIGNS FOR LEARNING Math for Elementary Teachers

Jessa Salkeld

THE NUMBER DEVIL By Hans Magnus Enzensberger -- Short novel with chapters and some pictures GRADE LEVELS Ages 8-88 Can be used in late primary grades to high school *note* includes words such as devil (in connection with math) USAGE The book is divided by its chapters known as nights, ie The Eighth Night. There is no chapter listing in the front of the book to search for concepts, but at the back of the book there is a glossary entitled the Seek-And-Ye-Shall-Find List filled with mathematical terms and made-up concept names (in italics) and listed page numbers. The book can be read independently or as a group but the concepts are deep and time should be taken to consider each night of ideas. Math or Art lessons could be built following a read-aloud lesson. CONCEPTS COVERED
Algorithms Archimedes Arithmetic Progressions Assumptions Axioms Bertrands Postulate Combination Countable infinite sets Cube (Hexahedron) Decimals, Decimal Fractions, Periodic & Non. P. Diagonals Division, Division by Zero Dodecahedron (Pentagon Ball) Edges (Lines) Eratosthenes (& Sieve) Eulers Formulas Factorials Fibonacci & Fib. Sequence Fractals Fractions Geometry and Geometric Series Golden Mean Infinitely small & large numbers Integers Irrational Numbers Koch Curve Natural Numbers Pascals Triangle Permutation & Pi Polygons Prime Numbers Pythagorus &Theorem Sequences Square Numbers, Roots & Squaring Tetrahedrons Uncountable Sets Vertices Zero & Zero Power

SAMPLE ACTIVITIES o PRIMARY (as described in Math 44, p 81) 1. Students can bring 3D objects from home & talk with a partner who has brought a similar-shaped object. Students can discuss how objects are similar/different. Identify 2D shapes they can see. 2. Students can predict and select 2D shapes used to make a 3D object, then build the 3D shape using cardboard 2D shapes. 3. Students can take apart 3D objects and see the 2D shapes that made it. INTERMEDIATE 1. Students can create their own polyhedron following the reading of p 204 and the examples given there. They can draw them and then build using a variety of materials such as paper, card and Styrofoam. 2. Students can compare polyhedrons and name them using mathematical vocabulary for number of sides and types of shapes. Videogames & Software The Number Devil by Viva Media; this software can be used by students during computer lab time or can be used at home with parents.

ASSESSMENT -- Activities can be used for assessment to determine understanding of the concept covered. Software can enable pacing to see what level of comprehension students are reaching at what speed.

Assignment 1

DESIGNS FOR LEARNING Math for Elementary Teachers

Jessa Salkeld