Teacher Tool of the Month: Multiplication-Open Arrays
For powerful multiplying and efficient mental computation, this DreamBox lesson teaches students to use multiples of 10 and the distributive property. Students connect partial products to a concrete area context on the open array and learn to efficiently choose and solve partial products that enable better mental multiplication with multi-digit numbers.
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Here are instructions for constructing a paper version of Boy's Surface. It is a difficult surface to visualise; the paper model makes it much easier to understand how it 'works'. It's quite tricky to make.
80 EDUCATIONAL ALTERNATIVES TO YOUTUBE Kids learn best when they see how things work, when, where and why they happen. Watching educational videos is a great way to learn because it allows kids to build a visual picture or model in their mind. The visual dimension not only helps them understand concepts better but also stimulates curiosity and encourages self-training.
You may not know this, but there is not a lot of difference between a Lee Oskar diatonic harmonica (the type used by blues and folk musicians) and a Hohner Blues Band harmonica. The Lee Oskar is said to have been engineered to give a “sharper” edge to the tone, which suits the blues sound, whereas the Marine Band, being slightly “softer”, works well for folk music too. Unless you’re a purist, there is probably not much in it. As someone once said:
“A difference is only a difference if it makes a difference.”
"Harping the blues", by Alan Levine http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/ So how else does Lee Oskar harmonica differentiate itself from the (as far as I know) more famous Hohner? It includes something in the box which is incredibly useful: a single sheet of paper that explains, amongst other things, the different
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