Hello to the gang from Howe Sound… For Tamara and Mary I am putting together a post with upper intermediate links and literature connections – easy to find and all in one place! Whee! :o)

First – Some FAB **middle school links** can be found at:

NCTM’s Illumination – Middle School On-Line Activities and applets for exploring math concepts. A complete searchable database of tasks…

The **Figure This site** is provides a selection of math tasks for families, but there are some great middle school math problems here….

Here’s a site that demonstrates the power of exponents – visually…

The nrich site is full of unusual, challenging problems – check out the weekly problem section…

**Some books** that are amazing for jump starting middle school math lessons – with math concepts complex enough to stimulate conversations at the upper grades are:

**One Well – The Story of Water on Earth** – Rochelle Strauss

decimals, percents, fractions, very small, very large numbers, data management

If** the World Were A Village** – David Smith

percent, decimals, fractions, data management, surveys, population

**Uno’s Garden** – Graeme Base patterns, series and sequence, increasing, decreasing patterns, relationships

**Jayden’s Rescue** – Vladimir Tumanov

non-routine problem-solving

**The Number Devil** – Hans Magnus Enzenberger

complex math topics – Pascal’s triangle, square numbers, triangular numbers, integers, permutations, etc etc

**Flotsam** – David Wiesner

magnification rates, relationships, hypothesis

**Wild Fibonacci – Nature’s Secret Code Revealed** by Joy N. Hulme

Fibonacci in the natural world

**A Very Improbable Story** by Edward Einhorn

dependent, independent events, likelihood, complementary probability

**365 Penguins** by Jean-Luc Fromental

cubic numbers, factors, growing patterns, triangular numbers

**The King’s Chessboard** – David Burch

exponential growth patterns, very large numbers, scientific notation

A teacher resource book featuring lessons across the strands (geometry, number, pattern, probability and induction and reasoning) is **Intermediate Investigations to Inspire** **– A Numeracy Resource for Grades 4-8 Classrooms**. The lessons are classroom tested, feature student work, assessment rubrics, literature connections and on-line resources. You can purchase one for $18 by contacting me.

Carole

I want to buy the Intermediate Investigations book…how do I get it?