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Math: Fun Math Activities 2

Will the Leaning Tower Fall?
Students in grades 9-12 research the Tower of Pisa and write a report about its history. They examine the physics of why the Tower leans and whether it might fall. Finally, they plan a trip to Italy to see the Tower, developing an itinerary and budget for the trip.

Write a Number Story
Make writing across content areas fun with this K-3 computer activity. Students use AppleWorks (or Office) to write and illustrate number stories. The stories then are used to create a Keynote or PowerPoint show and displayed for the class (or parents!) to see and share.

Introducing Calculators
This year, introduce calculators with this K-2 computer activity. Students record how many pets each has, then use the computer's calculator to find the sum of pets by type, for small groups, and for the entire class. A downloadable template makes this activity easy to implement in your classroom.

Vampires: Fact Or Fiction?
Polish students' graphing and problem solving skills with this Halloween spreadsheet activity from Microsoft. Using Excel and Internet sources, middle school students determine how many vampires might exist in the world based on current census data.

Slicing Up Fractions
Are your students struggling to understand fractions? Check out this Web-based lesson in which students read a problem involving pieces (fractions!) of pizza, review the concepts necessary to solve the problem, and then solve further equations based on the same concept.

Hurricanes in History: Where, When, and How
Students work in pairs or small groups to complete this fun and challenging activity. They study a graph showing 100 years of hurricane data, and then determine what types of hurricanes are most likely to hit an area in the future. Teamwork, graph interpretation skills, and environmental science facts are reviewed in this lesson.

Use It or Lose It: Puzzles to Exercise the Brain
Do your students' brains seem a little lazy lately? Energize them with some brainteasers -- problems and puzzles that will get those neurons sparking and get the blood flowing to the head. Included: Additional puzzle resources for kids of all ages.

Godzilla Math... And Other Lizard Teaching Activities
Capitalize on students' interest in the summer blockbuster movie with Godzilla math word problems -- and other lizard teaching activities.

Math Sites to Count On
Dozens of math-related Internet sites that will add to your lessons and multiply your effectiveness! Included: Recommended sites for teachers of K-3, 4-6, and 7-12. Also Games for Math Whizzes and More Math Resources for Teachers.

Look At the Numbers
Fifty-two million kids are heading back to school! The numbers are staggering -- and they offer an excellent practical opportunity to reinforce chart-reading and math skills in grades 2 and up! -- Student skill masters included.


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