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## Student Engagement with the “Into Math Graph" Tool

We introduce the Into Math Graph tool, which students use to graph how “into" mathematics they are over time. Using this tool can help teachers foster conversations with students and design experiences that focus on engagement from the student’s perspective.

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## Activities For Students: The Geometry of Tetris

When it was released in the mid-1980s, Tetris jump-started the video game craze, but many students of the current generation have never even seen this game, much less played it. Now, with the flood of mobile device applications, Tetris has made a comeback, and today's students have a chance to use it, too. We have found Tetris to be an engaging tool for high school geometry students to apply an isometry in context and to learn the composition of isometries. The game allows a player to rotate and translate moving pieces to create full rows anywhere on the screen.

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## Calendar and Solutions – August 2014

A set of problems of many types.

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## Media Clips: A Mathematical Mosaic

Students analyze items from the media to answer mathematical questions related to the article.

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## Mathematical Lens: Seeing the Light

The term Norman architecture is used to categorize styles of Romanesque architecture developed by the Normans in northwestern Europe, particularly England, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The Normans introduced castles, fortifications, monasteries, abbeys, churches, and cathedrals, all with characteristic rounded arches, particularly over windows and doorways, and massive proportions.

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## Media Clips: Mosquitoes; Pythagorean Baseball

Students analyze items from the media to answer mathematical questions related to the article. This month's clips examine why raindrops do not crush mosquitoes and feature an application of the Pythagorean theorem to baseball. The mathematics involved includes dimensional analysis, ratio and proportion, and the Pythagorean theorem.

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## Reader Reflections – May 2014

Readers comment on published articles or offer their own ideas.

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## Car Talk Puzzler // Got Pennies?

Students analyze items from the media to answer mathematical questions related to the article. Exponents and working with large numbers are the underlying mathematical ideas this month.

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## Using KenKen to Build Reasoning Skills

Through KenKen puzzles, students can explore parity, counting, subsets, and various problem-solving strategies.

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## Media Clips: The Psychology of Discounting: Something Doesn't Add Up//Math-hattan

Students analyze media items to answer related mathematical questions. This month's clips feature a percentage discount and a walking tour of Manhattan, which leads to probability and geometry questions.