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July, 1998


SkyMath
http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/staff/blynds/Skymath.html
GRADE LEVEL: 6-8

CONTENT:
The central theme of this site is "using the science and language of patterns to explore the weather." Educators will find classroom activities for middle school mathematics.

AESTHETICS:
The site combines tables, numbered lists, and paragraphs on one page. Colored, graphic dividers separate the sections.

ORGANIZATION:
The entire Web site is presented on one page. The main page has jumps at the top in a list, which allows users to move to various sections of the page. The site offers links to outside pages. Viewers must use their browsers' back buttons to return to the site.

REVIEW:
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), with funding from the National Science Foundation, created a middle school mathematics module which utilizes real-time weather data to demonstrate how current environmental information in classrooms can help students learn math. The Web site provides an opportunity for educators to download the entire module, free of charge. The module includes sixteen activities. The information at the site can be used for an interactive mathematics lesson or offline as several math activities.