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May 2012

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Two new cameos this month.
• Painted Cubes is visual algebra in 3 dimensions or number patterns in a table, depending on your preference for learning. It encourages the mathematician's question, Can I check it another way?, has links to isometric drawing and includes a wonderful PowerPoint report from a Year 8 in England and work from a teacher trainee in Sweden which tweaks the problem into Year 12 algebra.
• Rectangle Fractions offers a model for representing fractions which makes addition and subtraction of fractions understandable. It is based on the geometry of rectangle - all rectangles are partitioned into equal parts by their rows, columns and cells, so adding two fractions can be modelled by choosing the appropriate rectangle to represent one fraction by the rows and the other by the columns. The cells are the common denominator. The cameo includes several links to supporting activities.

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Keep smiling,
Doug.

• Did you miss April News?
If so you missed information about:
1. Professional Development at Work
2. Working Mathematically with Infants Workshop
3. More on Squound
4. Menu Maths Packs: Teachers' Notes
5. Maths300 Software
7. ...and more...

Did You Know?

• You can find tasks coded by Year Level and Curriculum Strand in the Task Centre Catalogue (PDF file).

• The Activities link of Calculating Changes offers Content Finder & Year Level Finder tools.