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Playing Math Detectives: First Week of Second Grade Math

The first week in our second grade class we did lots of time traveling.  We played the role of math detectives and helped people from different time periods solve problems.  We also learned about some ancient number systems. On the … Continue reading

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Cuneiform numerals

When was the last time you paused to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of our number system?  Compare it, for example, to the Roman numerals, that we all become intimately familiar with in elementary school.  Why is it better?  To … Continue reading

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Napier’s Bones

Recently, my husband was reading on Wikipedia about John Napier.  He became very intrigued with Napier’s bones, and decided to see whether we can acquire some.  I was very excited by the prospect as I have been lamenting about not … Continue reading

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