History of Mathematics Teacher Resources

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The History of Mathematics

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Research the interrelationship between math and science. Search the Internet to discover the history of several branches of mathematics and make text-to-world connections between the concepts covered in each branch with related...
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Is Math Discovered or Invented?

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Did mankind invent mathematical concepts, or is math the native language of the universe itself? Discover the beliefs of famous philosophers such as Plato and Euclid with regard to the place of numbers in nature, and take a brief look at...
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History of Math Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Learners honor mathematicians who have contributed important discoveries throughout history by researching and creating a report about a famous mathematician and their contributions to the history of mathematics. Pairs of learners create...
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Exploring the History of Mathematics

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students research six different mathematicians using Internet resources. They examine the contributions of different cultures, women, and one that made a significant to geometry. They present their research to the class.
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How Has Math Evolved?

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders pick a topic or person to research related to the history of mathematics. They brainstorm and create a concept map, using the multimedia software inspiration, about what they are researching and want to examine. They then...
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Modeling pentagrams using Geometers Sketchpad

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students using visual modeling software will construct two regular pentagrams which are mathematically similar. They also create a multi-page document and learn to create links between the pages and to a website on the History of...
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Alternate Ways to Do Multiplication

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate different ways to multiply. In this algebra instructional activity, students solve problems involving integers using basic operations. They explore the history of mathematics by differentiating the way they multiply...
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The Magic of Algebra

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers participate in investigating why the term "magical" is representative of mathematics in general. As the one common language of the world math is magical. To assist students in understanding this magic and to bring...
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Women in Mathematics: History to Today

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students investigate important women in Mathematics.  In this middle or high school mathematics lesson, students research the accomplishments of women that played an important role in the history of mathematics or women currently...
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Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: Mathematicus Dramaticus

For Teachers 4th - 6th
The best part about this resource is that you've got four wonderful activities to choose from. Each of the projects can work together or on its own to help learners understand the history of math and how it can be seen every day. In...
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Celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month in Your Class

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learn the history and purpose behind this month dedicated to the exploration of numbers.
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The Map of Mathematics

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
How does all this math fit together? The resource creates a graphical view of the extent of mathematics. The map shows the pure and applied sides of studying mathematics and breaks them down into their many disciplines.
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Where Do Math Symbols Come From?

For Students 6th - 12th
Why does the equal sign look that way? The resource explains the reason several of the math symbols look the way they do. Using a few specific examples, the video points out that some symbols are rooted in their meanings and others are...
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A Brief History of Numerical Systems

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
As people and civilizations have become more complex, numbers have evolved into what they are today. Watch a video that walks viewers through the history of the development of symbols into numbers and positional notations.
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Elementary Geometry

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Your class may believe that geometry is a trial, but they don't know how right they are. A thorough math lesson combines the laws of logic with the laws of geometry. As high schoolers review the work of historical mathematicians and the...
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Math History Can Help Students Overcome Learning Difficulties

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Negative numbers and mathematical notation are better understood by examining how they have been handled throughout history.
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Lattice Multiplication

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students study a different way to do multiplication. In this lattice multiplication instructional activity, students study the history of multiplication. Students watch a PowerPoint showing how to do lattice multiplication, and then try...
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WOMEN IN MATHEMATICS: HISTORY TO TODAY

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore women who have played important roles in the history of math.
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Sharing Your Birthday

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students use the Internet to locate a famous mathematician who happens to share his or her own birthday. Using an imbedded worksheet, they then answer a series of questions about the mathematician and then write a short summary.
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Discovering Math Concepts in Advanced Algebra

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students explore the concept of Chinese contributions in mathematics. In this Chinese contributions in mathematics lesson, students research Chinese achievements in mathematics. Students solve 3x3 systems of equations using the method...
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The Lady's Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners use a game to establish the context of solving problems in a systematic and mathematical fashion. They also solve various types of equations to find reasonable solutions.

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