-THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- SUNDAY, MAY 9, 1993 — 13 Especially 1993 by Universal Press Syndicate By BETTY DEBNAM A Way of Understanding Math What Math Thinkers Do Your grandfather has a surprise for you. He will give you the four coins he is holding if you will tell him what they are. The total value is 17 cents. Can you name the coins? All around the country, people are thinking hard about math and how and what is being taught. We all realize that in today's world, we all need to understand a lot more about math. Because of new information about how students learn, many kids are studying different math strategies. Much of what they are doing is based on a set of standards, or guides, set up by math teachers. These experts feel students should learn math facts, but they also should learn strategies to help them think through problems. Some kids even come up with different but correct answers to the same problem! New technology makes our world change quickly. When kids learn skills they can apply to any math situation, they can keep up with these changes. The standards were established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. PETER PENGUIN'! _ Math thinkers look for patterns. Draw the~ob)oct or write the number that comes next. 13579 I Math thinkers often work In groups so they learn both cooperation and math. Math thinkers often use objects to help them understand the strategies they are using. The Mint Page thanks consultant Dr. Tom Rowan, co-director, project IMPACT; Dr. Honl Bambarger, math apedallet, protect IMPACT; and Dr. Brenda Hammond and Josephs Robtos, math specialists, What math thinkers do Q: Why was 6 afraid of 7? A: Because 7 ate 9! Q: If three is a crowd, what are four and five? A: Nine! Can you guess how many pagee there are In today'a paper? Check andeee. Pick a short paragraph from the front page of your newspaper. Guess how many words are In tt. Check end see. S Report Supersport: Nicole Haislett Height: 5-8 Blrthdate: 12-16-72 Weight: 140 College: Florida Nicole Haislett owns three Olympic gold medals in swimming. She won them at last summer's games in the 200-meter freestyle, the 400-meter freestyle relay and the 400- meter medley relay. Her time in the 200- meter freestyle broke an American record. The time in the 400-meter freestyle relay broke a world record. Nicole also holds the American record in the 200-yard and the 200-meter freestyles. Her time in the 200-meter freestyle is the third fastest in history. In 1991 she was the world champion in the 100-meter freestyle. Nicole lives in St. Petersburg, Fla. She will graduate in 1994. Cookie's Recipe Buttermilk Pie You'll need: • Vz cup butter or • 1 teaspoon vanilla margarine, melted • l / 2 cup buttermilk • 12/ 3 cups sugar • 1 unbaked pie shell • 3 eggs, beaten What to do: - 8 1. Combine butter or margarine and sugar in a large bowl. I Mix well. { 2. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Mix well. 3. Stir in buttermilk. Mix well. 4. Pour mixture into pie shell. 5. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Serves 6. Rookie Cookie Is expecting more guests. Can you doubtotlie recipe? f What Math Thinkers Do (ram TM MM ft* by My O*M«. e 1MI IMvmU *•• t MATH TRY'N FIND Words that remind us of math are hidden in the block below. Some words are hidden backward or diagonal^See H yoii cari find: ESTIMATE PROBLEM, SOLVING, STRATEGY, TALK, EVERYDAY- SE^E REASON, PLAN, FACTS. PATTERN, NUMBERS' MODEL,' LIST, GUESS, SOLVE, CHECK, THINK. Y G E T B S N R M O F S A R T S P N O E T T A P R T K C E H C C O OLAOTH I NKDJ DVCLYADYREV V N U M B S A A L L I B I N T S E GUE E SS E R S S GPLANQES E T E R K H L N M O S E E T S M T E The sof wars o which vowel Is used most often m this pun*. ttStfhSunW e UN IMMntf *•*•*»« Mini Spy . . • Mini Spy is a designer. Like all math thinkers, she looks for • 8 circles • 3 rectangles • 9 triangles • 3 half-circles • 9 squares See who can find the most of each shape. Solve problems Math thinkers think solving problems is fun. 1. Fill in the pattern using numbers cut from your newspaper. 10 2. How many different number sentences can you make using three 4's? 4x4-4=12 3. The answer is 15. What is the problem? Make up six number sentences with that answer. 4. What different designs can you make using triangles and squares? 5. Count the number of windows and doors in your house. Which is more? 6. If you measure with your feet (heel to toe), how many steps is it from your front door to your bed? Number generator Make your own generator to help you come up with numbers for your problems. Stick the pencH through the paperclip In the center of the wheat. IwM the dip. Where N stops Is your number. With a partner, •tier three spins, try to see who can 1. the highest total. 2. the lowest total. 3. the greets* number. -rhfr 3. Mske s math wheel. Cut out the wheel bstow and mount K on cardboard. Use H as a guide to finding the beet strategy /UllMIC — J Mf« nu ^- Cut out this pointer and paste on cardboard and add a brad. Use N to point to the strategy you are using. Look through your newspaper's ads. What number (sused moat In aH the ade? Make a greph to help you solve the problem. Year of the Cat! Read eoout Books, who Mveem

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