Mathematicians Teacher Resources
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Old Faithful Geyser
Such a creative way to teach and engage young mathematicians in learning about ratios! Mathematical calculations can be made, and a time frame can be calculated for the next eruption of Old Faithful (within 10 minutes) based on the duration of the previous eruption. There are many links to resources about Yellowstone, even one to a live feed to see Old Faithful erupt. Learners read information on FAQs. They then use this information to have a discussion on the mathematical data it contains. They will then do some mathematical calculations to determine unit rate based on the data given.
Help Young Mathematicians Write Their Way to Math Success
Clear and concise writing should be an integral part of learning mathematics.
Mathematicians are People, Too!
Young scholars access the Internet to locate data regarding their assigned mathematician. They organize their notes on a data form, write a report, create a visual and present their facts to their classmates.
Students investigate the contributions made by famous mathematicians. In this math and history lesson, students discuss what was discovered and why it is so important in that time period and this time period. The discuss their findings with their peers.
Mathematicians Research Projects
Young scholars research a famous mathematician and create a presentation of their research. In this famous mathematician research instructional activity, students decide on a famous mathematician that they would like to learn more about. They conduct research either in a group or individually, and choose from a list of projects to showcase their work. They choose from mobiles, oral reports, a puppet shoe, a television show or a collage.
Medieval Mathematicians and Whimsical Windows
Third graders demonstrate their mathematical knowledge of symmetry and reflection using congruent geometric shapes while working as an artist and mathematician looking at a medieval-styled stained glass window.
Mathematicians Through Time
Sixth graders have the opportunity to conduct research on the Internet about mathematicians and to synthesize that information into a timeline. They launch Internet Explorer or Netscape and go to one of the sites in the Weblinks section of the lesson.
Mathematicians and Scientists Treasure Hunt
Students match a fact with a mathematician or scientist using the Internet. They read about a mathematician or scientist that happens to be female or a person of color.
Young scholars explore what a proof is, how and why mathematicians create them and compose essays on how reason and logic are employed in the workplace. They explore whether any three lines can make a triangle and attempt to verify Goldbach's conjecture.
Integers! It All Adds Up!
Young mathematicians add integers using a number line. They create a number line on their Ti-73 calculator. Furthermore, they will add integers on the number line using vectors and addition expressions. Finally, these mathematicians will evaluate real-world examples that compare the values of integers.
The Witch of Agnesi
Bring humanity to mathematics by introducing a mathematician who was ahead of her time.
Mathematician Collectable Cards
Students explore the concept of famous mathematicians. In this famous mathematician lesson, students research famous mathematicians. Students create collector's cards highlighting their accomplishments.
Astronomy: The Mathematician's Perspective
Students determine measurements and distances using trigonometric ratios. In this astronomy lesson students demonstrate the difference between a positive and negative slope using the Pythagorean Theorem.
Who Am I?
Students explore study different mathematicians. In this mathematician lesson, students research twelve mathematicians. Students question one another to guess who their mathematician is. Students create a timeline of big events in math.
Design a Stamp
Students research a famous scientist or mathematician, design a stamp to honor their work, and write persuasively about why this person and their work should be honored on a stamp.
Ancient Greek Influences in Science and Math
Sixth graders examine the Greek culture. They create a timeline using information they gathered from research. They develop a trading card about a Greek scientist or mathematician and they share them with the class.
Students solve problems from a New York Times math quiz related to an article about mathematician Dr. Terence Tao. They then prepare their own math quizzes for which solutions must be expressed in prime numbers. Finally, they consider how they use math in their daily lives, and prepare math problems based on one of their findings.
Discovering Math: Concepts in Geometry
Middle and high schoolers explore the concept of proving the Pythagorean Theorem. They research proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. Pupils create posters of proofs, and research Greek mathematicians.
Algebra: Introduction to Algebraic Expressions
Seventh graders, in an introductory algebra class, code and decode messages using substitution ciphers. Role-playing as mathematicians, they work in groups to decipher several messages, one of which translates to "math is awesome."
Happy Birthday Mathematicians and Me
Students choose a mathematician or scientist born on the same day as the student and research them. They create a cube or tetrahedron and place required information on the sides (such as birth year, death yr., greatest contribution to the subject, etc.).