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A math-inspired love story in verse

For post #100 on this blog I wrote a poem.  This is post #200 and I decided to start a tradition. This is a poem written jointly with Allison Bishop.  It is an epic love story.  Math is involved.  The … Continue reading

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A figure with pointy things and a line, a line, and a line

Look at the title.  Did you guess that this was a description of an acute triangle? This description was from a student in my third grade class.  Let me assure you, this student knows how to recognize an acute triangle … Continue reading

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Protecting against magic

Yesterday, Zoe and I were playing a game of Bingo.  In this version, there are cards with the pictures and names of the items (all related to the ocean) and you flip them over one by one to figure out … Continue reading

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Skip counting or word skipping?

We like games at our house, but there are rules that one has to follow when using them.  And the rules are not just for playing the games (those we actually often modify at will), but there are also rules … Continue reading

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Numicon – combining geometry and arithmetic

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. This year, we are actively using the Numicon tool in our classes.  We have two sets like this one – and it’s plenty for a group of 12. (Translator’s note – here is … Continue reading

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Discussing the meaning of “almost” with an 8 year old

I had previously mentioned that my children are very picky and slow eaters.  This creates much frustration for me, but at the same time has been on multiple occasions inspiration for interesting math conversations. Yesterday, Katie was eating a cutlet … Continue reading

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From math-hater to mathematician and computer scientist: The story of Allison Bishop

This is the story of an unlikely mathematician. It is the story of my friend and Funville Adventures coauthor Allison Bishop, who always imagined she’d write a book someday, but would not have guessed it would be about math. Allison … Continue reading

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