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Pumpkin Numbers and Math Circle Names (Eye of Horus 6)

  Pumpkin Numbers and Math Circle Names (Eye of Horus 6) OCTOBER 22, 2013 This week, we finalized our Math Circle names, explored the number theory behind some interesting numbers, did some mathematical thinking, discussed some important ideas, and then presented our own Pumpkin Numbers. NUMBER THEORY and MATHEMATICAL THINKING “Can you explain Narcissistic Numbers?” asked R, S, K, and…

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A Breakthrough, and Inventing our own Math (Eye of Horus 4)

A Breakthrough, and Inventing our own Math (Eye of Horus 4) (October 8, 2013) As students arrived, they saw three cubes of different sizes positioned, left to right, on the table with a “do-not-touch-my-number” sign.  By the time everyone was there, S and V had concluded that “There are 153 blocks there!  The number is 153!”  The rest of the…

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Function Machines, Etc. (Eye of Horus 3)

 Function Machines, Etc. (Eye of Horus 3) (October 1, 2013) In order to imbue our Math Circle with some levity, and to get kids thinking deeply about arithmetic operations, we played Function Machines.*  On the board, I had drawn a blob-like shape, of which everyone had a different interpretation – a blob, a wave, etc…  I asked for suggested design…

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Math Circle: Questioning Everything (Eye of Horus 2)

MATH CIRCLE: Questioning Everything (Eye of Horus 2) EXCITEMENT AND ENTHUSIASM (September 29, 2013)  Many students arrived feeling very enthusiastic about today’s session.  Several parents had emailed me about how excited they and their kids were after the last (first) one.  K and her mom told me about their own investigations of interesting numbers they had been doing at home. …

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Math Circle: Eye of Horus, Session 1: More Things in Heaven and Earth

Eye of Horus, Session 1:  More Things in Heaven and Earth September 17, 2013 As kids trickled into our first day of Math Circle for eight-to-ten year olds, the group played Tens Concentration.  Silence engulfed the room during enthusiastic play until M asked whether she could ask for help from the group.  “It’s up to all of you,” I responded…

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