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Mathematics in Action

Math in Action 2005 Program

Session A: 8:40 - 9:40 am
A1 Math Activities For All Levels
Gail O. Sutton, Forest Hills Central High
Are your students bored? Do you want your students to think math is
fun? This session will have you immersed in math activities that can be
adapted to any level of math. Even high school seniors find them to be
fun! Grades 2 – 12

A2 What’s Your Angle?
Gina Garza-Kling, Western Michigan University
Truly understanding the concept of angle can be challenging. We’ll
use various aids, from patty paper to graphing calculators, to examine
how students can develop a deeper understanding of this critical
topic. Grades 3 – 8

A3Using Pictorial Growth Patterns To Promote Algebra In
Elementary And Middle School Classrooms

Esther Billings, GVSU Mathematics
Tarah McCarthy, Lindsey Slater, Rebecca Bergeon, GVSU Students
Explore how pictorial growth patterns enable children (in grades
kindergarten through middle school) to analyze, extend, and generalize
relationships; ideas crucial for algebraic thinking. Classroom ready
handouts provided. Grades Pre-K – 8

A4 Using Tiles and Games To Teach Math In Grades 6 – 8
Tracy Frank and Debi Dennis
College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) Educational Program
Participants will be actively engaged using integer tiles, playing games,
and doing activities to enhance the learning of math concepts.
Grades 6 – 8


A5 Algebra Activities
Kevin Dykema,Cathy McEvoy, Mattawan Middle School
Come try out some easy to create activities to enrich your algebra
classroom that your students will love. Please join in on our fun and
excitement. Grades 6 - 10

A6 Hands-On Math Activities From Africa
Christy Heid, Davenport University, GRAPCEP
(Grand Rapids Area Pre-College Engineering Program),
Nancy Kingsbury, Trinity Lutheran School, Conklin
Participate in various hands-on math activities developed for African
secondary Math & Science teachers that are easily adapted to
American classrooms. Grades 7 – 12

A7 Proof! Finally A Logical Approach
Chris Mikles, CPM/Director of Teacher Education
We will begin the development of proof through the introduction of
deductive reasoning by way of games. The main goal is to have
students develop strategies, draw conclusions and justify their
reasoning. Then we will establish three types of proof, emphasizing
the need to have students critique each others’ work as they look for
the substance in the oral and written arguments and conclusions.
Grades 8 – 12

A8 Do You Know Calculus*? (*As Well As Elvis)
Timothy Pennings, Hope College
Elvis Bogaart Wales Pennings, Welsh Corgi
Elvis (my Welsh Corgi) and I show that he can find optimal (quickest)
paths to a ball thrown in a lake. We then provide an experimental
worksheet for students to determine if they can find optimal paths.
Grades 10 – 12
Session B: 9:50 - 10:50 am
B1The Crazy Universe Where Math And Art Collide
Paul Yu, GVSU Mathematics
This session will look at a variety of applications of art in mathematics
and mathematics in art. The session will conclude with practical ways
to implement projects that utilize both mathematics and art in the
classroom. Grades K - 12

B2KC4 Mathematics And The GLCE’s
Ruth Moxon, Kent Intermediate School District
The Michigan GLCE’s have had a great impact on curriculum
development for local districts. This session will show how KC4 Math
is being revised to align with the Math GLCE’s. Grades K - 8

B3Gotta Have Your POPS: Patterns-Operations-Problem-
Solving Stirred In One Bowl*

Mary J. DeYoung, Hope College
Participants will explore a classic problem – one that provides multiple
connections to some important properties of whole numbers. Grades
3 – 5

B4Exploring An “Exemplary” Mathematics Curriculum
Tracy Frank, Debi Dennis
College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) Education Program
Participants will explore College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM), a
standards-based teacher-written curriculum that teaches basic skills
from a problem solving approach. Grades 6 – 12

B5Discovering Algebra Through Data And Investigations
Jerry Murdock, Key Curriculum Press, Algebra Author
We will explore investigations and uses of technology that help students
learn algebra, algebraic thinking, and how to use algebra. (Some use
of TI-84’s and CBR’s) Grades 9 – 12

B6 Games To Encourage Mathematical Communication
Charlene Beckmann, GVSU Mathematics
When do students ever get to talk about mathematics? Usually, only in
their mathematics classes! This workshop will present games that you
can use with students to encourage mathematical communication,
and to help students think deeply about the mathematics they are
learning. We will play the games using vocabulary from the Grade
Level Content Expectations and Michigan Standards for grades 7 - 12.
Grades 6 - 12

B7 Multiplying And Dividing Polynomials Using Generic
Chris Mikles, CPM Educational Program
This session will look at the area model, use algebra tiles and the
generic rectangle as a basis for multiplying, factoring and then dividing
polynomials. No more synthetic division. Grades 8 – 12

B8A Math Teacher Goes To Washington, Learn How You
Can Too!

David Kapolka, The National Science Foundation
Come hear the latest news regarding the Presidential Awards Program
and The Einstein Fellowship in Washington DC. The presenter is a
math teacher on leave from his teaching position in Grand Rapids and
working at the NSF with these two programs. Find out how you could
win the Presidential Award or spend a year at NSF, NASA, or on
Capitol Hill. Grades K - 12



General Session and Lunch: 11:00 am - 12:40 pm
Dr. Edward Roeber, Senior Executive Director
Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability, Michigan Department of Education

Lunch and the General Session run concurrently. Participants are invited to take a lunch into the General Session to eat.

Update On Michigan’s Assessment and Accountability Programs
This session will provide an overview of Michigan’s Student Assessment Programs (MEAP, MI-ACCESS, and the assessment of English
Language Learners) and Accreditation/Accountability Programs (Education YES!/NCLB AYP), especially how these affect the area of
Mathematics. Dr. Roeber will hold a Question-and-Answer Session following his talk.

Session C: 12:50 - 1:50 pm
C1 Making Math Fun For The Whole Family!
Matt Wyneken, Pam Wells, Paul Yu, GVSU Mathematics
We will discuss what “Family Math Night” is and why it is beneficial
for children and their parents, give examples of “Family Math Night”
activities, and share our experiences with “Family Math Night.” Grades
Pre-K – 6

C3Elementary Math Teaching Ideas and Tools
(part 1 of a 2 part session - Participants MUST sign up for both C3 and D3.)
Robert A. Hahn, Retired
This two-hour hands-on workshop includes: Double-nines domino sum-difference-
equivalence, 3-D dodecahedron construction and use, magnetic
magic squares, deciphering the Zip Code, lattice multiplication, rectangular
fraction multiplication, plastic grid percentage, fraction strip division, concentric
circle construction and use, soap film minimal surface area, ratios & unit
analysis, and much more. Grades 3 - 6

C4Child’s Play For Middle School Mathematics Students
Barbara Leapard, Eastern Michigan University
Appeal to the child in your middle school students by leading them toward
abstract algebraic thinking using commonly available manipulatives such as
pattern blocks, tangrams and color tiles. Grades 6 – 8

C5Graphing As A Connecting Thread In Algebra
Virginia Head, CPM Educational Program/Regional Coordinator
Graphing is an essential feature of an algebra course that brings equations to
life. Participants will experience a human graph, silent board game, and a
cooperative graph problem. Grades 6 – 12

C2 Problem Solving For Intervention
John Golden, GVSU Mathematics
A report from Burton Elementary School where teachers are shifting to
a problem solving approach to math to best address student learning.
What are they doing? How is it going? Grades K - 6

C6 Exploring An “Exemplary” Mathematics Curriculum
Lonnie Bellman, CPM Educational Program
Participants will explore College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM), an
innovative, standards-based curriculum that teaches basic skills from a problem-solving
approach. Grades 6 – 12

C7 Beyond Middle and High School Geometry
William Dickinson, GVSU Mathematics
Have you ever wondered how some of the topics in geometry, covered in
middle and high school, lead to college level geometry? In this workshop,
participants will examine and begin to complete several activities that start
with exercises based on exemplary middle and high school curricula, but lead
to collegiate level topics in geometry. Grades 8 – 12

C8 Algebra Tiles: Going from “Hands-On” to Concepts in Algebra I
and II

Susan Metzger, Grand Haven High School
This session is for those participants who want to learn how to use algebra tiles to
assist learning in high school algebra topics. State benchmarks and assessments
will also be discussed. Grades 8 – 12


Session D: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
D1Lesson Study, Lessons Learned, and Patterns and Symbols
Gail Burrill, Michigan State University
Designing, teaching, and debriefing a lesson with the help of thoughtful
collegues can help us think about how to develop reasoning and understanding
of some central concepts in algebra in some very concrete and unexpected
ways. Grades PreK - 12

D2Gotta Have Your POPS: Patterns-Operations-Problem-Solving
Stirred In One Bowl*
Mary J. DeYoung, Hope College
This session repeats B3. Grades 3 – 5

D3Elementary Math Teaching Ideas and Tools
(part 2 of a 2 part session. Participants MUST sign up for both C3 and D3.)
Robert A. Hahn, Retired
This session is a continuation of C3. Grades 3 - 6

D4 The Tortoise And The Hare: Discovering Slope D8
Tara Maynard, Creekside Middle School
Five activities help students discover the concepts of slope and y-intercept.
Making charts, graphical representations, and equations all help students
truly understand these concepts. Participants will receive all five lessons.
Grades 6 – 9


D5 Making Secondary Mathematics Visual Using Algebra Tiles
Virginia Head, CPM Educational Program/Regional Coordinator
You’ll see how successful using manipulatives can be. Participants
will be using algebra tiles for integer operations, combining like terms,
distributive property, multiplication and factoring polynomials.
Grades 6 – 12

D6 Functions As A Unifying Thread in Algebra 2
Lonnie Bellman, CPM Educational Program
Participants will work with problems and activities from the CPM curriculum
experiencing problem solving and understanding of graphing and
functions, showing mastery over time. Grades 10 – 12

D7 Stressing The Underlying Structure When Teaching College

Pat Shure, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mathematics
The presentation will be centered on analyzing a set of problems to see
how the solutions foster symbolic understanding and why this type of
problem might prove valuable in teaching. Grades 8 – 12

D8 Mean, Median, And….Center Of Mass. Using Mean and Median To
Explore Science.

Natalie Beyer, GVSU Physics
We will explore how mean and median help develop a deeper understanding of
the center of mass. We will discover and discuss persistent student difficulties with
this topic. (Fun Manipulatives!) Grades 6 – 13+

Mathematics in Action Registration Form
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Ask your school if professional development funds are available.

Enclose your registration fee of
$22.00 per teacher/educator
$7.00 per preservice teacher
(make checks payable to GVSU)
and mail this completed registration form
postmarked by February 10, 2005 to:

328 Henry Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
Math in Action
8:00 - 8:40 am


Registration and Refreshments
Eberhard Center
2nd floor lobby
8:40 - 9:40 am
Concurrent Session A
Conference Facilities, Eberhard Center
9:50 - 10:50 am
Concurrent Session B
Conference Facilities, Eberhard Center
11:00 am - 12:40 pm


General Session and Lunch
Eberhard Center
2nd Floor Lobby and Auditorium
12:50 - 1:50 pm
Concurrent Session C
Conference Facilities, Eberhard Center
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Concurrent Session D
Conference Facilities, Eberhard Center
From US-131 Northbound: Take the Pearl St. Exit, #85B. Turn left (west) onto Pearl Street (which becomes Lake Michigan Drive). Go two
blocks; turn left on Winter Ave. Take Winter south to light at Fulton St. Turn left on Fulton, follow roughly two blocks under US-131 and
enter the Fulton Lot on your right.

From US-131 Southbound: Take the Pearl St. Exit, #85B. Turn right (west) onto Pearl Street (which becomes Lake Michigan Drive). Go one
block; turn left at first intersection on Winter Ave. Take Winter south to light at Fulton St. Turn left on Fulton, follow roughly two blocks
under US-131 and enter the Fulton Lot on your right.

From I-196 East/West: Take the Ottawa Ave/Downtown Exit, #77. Follow Ottawa Ave. through downtown til it dead-ends into Fulton St. Turn
right onto Fulton. Proceed roughly three blocks across the river til just before the US 131 overpass. Turn left into the Fulton Lot marked
Conference Parking.

Overflow parking is available in the Front Lot noted on the map above.

January 3, 2005

Dear Educator,

You are cordially invited to attend the annual Math In Action Conference hosted by Grand Valley State University on Thursday,
February 24, 2005. The conference will be held in the Eberhard Center on GVSU’s Robert C. Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.
Registration begins at 8:00, the first session starts at 8:40, and the conference concludes at 3:00. The theme is “Assessment Through
Algebra and Number: Utilizing Multiple Benchmarks”.

There will be four sets of concurrent sessions addressing this theme. Each session has eight talks to select from. We are excited to
have such a wide variety of speakers from Michigan elementary, middle, secondary, and post-secondary institutions, as well as
speakers from the College Preparatory Mathematics Program coming from as far away as California and Texas.

We are excited to have Dr. Edward Roeber from the Michigan Department of Education to deliver a general session address, followed
by a question-and-answer session, on an “Update On Michigan’s Assessment and Accountability Programs.”
Please join us for an invigorating day. Please tell your colleagues!


Marge Friar
Co-chair, Math in Action
David Austin
Co-chair, Math in Action