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SkyMath; Weather Data Applications to Middle School Mathmematic Curricula
Entry ID: 01-sky_math-99
Abstract: (Summary adapted from the SkyMath web site)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Reasearch (UCAR) received
funding from the National Science Foundation to prepare a middle
school mathematics module incorporating real-time weather data. The
goal of the pilot project, SkyMath, is to demonstrate that
acquiring and using current environmental and real-time ... weather
data in middle school classrooms will promote the teaching and
learning of significant mathematics, consistent with the standards set
by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
The SkyMath modules may be freely downloaded from the web site and can be
incorporated as a replacement unit that uses connections to
mathematical concepts in data analysis, graphing, number and number
relationship, patterns and functions, and statistics and measurement.
There are 16 SkyMath activities which take approximately 6 weeks to
complete. The activitiess' focus is on doing -- rather than hearing,
reading, seeing, or saying -- and is consistent with what is known
about learning retention rates associated with these different levels
of involvement. In the activities, students are organized in
groups; they collect and analyze data, exchange data and messages
electronically with distant peers, identify and solve problems that
emerge from classroom activities and that may have many possible
solutions, and present or publish information acquired during the
ISO Topic Category
Quality This site is best suited for educators of students in grades 5 - 8.
Use Constraints Users will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free online
document viewing software to view the Activities.
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