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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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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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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A Worse Death: War or Flu?

For Teachers 4th - 11th Standards
In a lesson that integrates history and mathematics, class members create graphs that compare military death statistics from World War I with those that resulted from the influenza pandemic of 1918.
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Greek Contributions: Review Tool

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Review six major contributions made by the Ancient Greeks. Greek drama, poetry, history, sculpture, science, and mathematics are all very briefly covered. Activities to complete with the class are included.
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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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The Medieval Islamicate World: Crash Course History of Science #7

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The Medieval Islamicate World was truly a world of wonders! Clocks with gears, armillary spheres ... and robots that played music? Journey to ancient Baghdad, the center of science and math with the seventh video in a History of Science...
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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 lesson plan, students solve problems involving integers using basic operations. They explore the history of mathematics by differentiating the way they multiply numbers.
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The Magic of Algebra

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students 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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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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The Mathematics of Sidewalk Illusions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
How do they create those 3-D views on a 2-D surface? The video presents the history of the art of using anamorphic perspective. A review of perspective drawing provides background knowledge to the class. Pupils see different methods...
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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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Lesson: Urs Fischer: Reviving the Past Art Movements

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Seven major abstract art movements are analyzed by learners in groups. Each group analyzes various works by determining which work belongs to which movement. They then read Flatland, engage in an art and literary analysis discussion,...
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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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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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Discovering Math: Concepts in Geometry

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Middle and high schoolers explore the concept of proving the Pythagorean Theorem. They research proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. Pupils create posters of proofs, and research Greek mathematicians.
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THE RENAISSANCE AS A TIME PERIOD

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Throughout a six week time period, students will become familiar with the Renaissance time period through cross-curriculum studies. Students will be involved in many forms of instruction to both illuminate and clarify the time period and...
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Discovering Math

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students discuss the contributions the Chinese made to math. In this algebra lesson, students convert numbers from Chinese to decimals. They solve equations in a 3x3 system.
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Mystify with the Mathematics of Ancient Egypt

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Hieroglyphics, surveying, and the pyramids may all be explored with mathematics.
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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 lesson, students study the history of multiplication. Students watch a PowerPoint showing how to do lattice multiplication, and then try themselves.
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Reading Comprehension: Counting

For Students 3rd
In this informational text comprehension worksheet, 3rd graders read the passage about counting and answer 10 multiple choice questions about the passage.
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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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The Royal Cubit

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students explore the history of measurement in ancient Egypt. In this math instructional activity, students discuss the development of a standardized measurement system. Students measure using various units and discuss the results and...
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Sharing Your Birthday

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars 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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Maya Math: From Zero to Nineteen

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students explore counting methods of the ancient Maya, and practice identifying Maya number glyphs.
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Constructing Congruent Line Segments and Angles, Perpendicular Bisectors of Line Segments, and Bisecting Angles.

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Young scholars identify perpendicular bisectors and angles. In this geometry lesson, students, construct and identify angles. They construct, measure, and identify line segments. 
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Crossing the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Pupils become familiar with the sacrifices that the migrants endured crossing the plains to the west. They experience some of the problem solving that the pioneers faced and pay the natural consequences of their choices.
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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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Maya Math: Addition and Subtraction

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners examine how ancient Maya counted, and practice addition and subtraction using Maya number glyphs.
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Pythagorean's Theorem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students listen to a short lecture about Pythagoras-who he was, his contributions, where he was from, and a timeline involving him. They have the option of doing some research about Greek mathematicians on their own and summarize their...
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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.