Small student groups will use the Internet and other traditional sources to research historically significant mathematicians, write a paper, and creatively present research in class.
Paper Writing Skills
Word Processing Skills
Internet Site Location Skills
Student Project Guidelines
- This in an integrated cooperative learning project for grades 5-12 which allows students to research through Internet sites and traditional methods a historically significant mathematician.
- Students research the mathematician's personal background and upbringing, education, and their significant contribution to mathematics.
- Students gain a clearer understanding of a great mathematical discovery and the person behind it.
- The last component is a creative class presentation/lecture by each group.
You must complete the following:
- As groups work in class, monitor how the groups are working together.
- I suggest that a teacher schedule 1 or 2 short conferences with the groups to help keep the groups focused and on track.
- If computer access is limited, I suggest that teachers assign groups a block of time to begin.
- Teachers should also allow blocks of time in class for students to collaborate or go to the library.
- Research Paper: 3-5 page research paper that covers these areas:
- Early Life
- Education and Mathematical work (including the effect on our world and thought)
- Later Life
- Title Page
- Bibliography of all sources used
- The paper must be typed in 12 point font, doubled spaced with 1 inch margins.
- The research paper may include summaries of stories read in books.
- All members of the group must participate and contribute in research and writing.
- Presentation: Each group will do a 7-10 minute presentation/lecture that will include:
- Visuals: posters, overhead transparencies, PowerPoint presentation
- Photo or drawing of the mathematician
- A table sign designed by the group on 11" by 17" piece of paper. You may use the topic's last name only if you so chose.
- Creativity plays a part in this presentation. Have fun with it. Use stories learned in research.
Student Evaluation Form
Names of Your Group Members:
- Do you feel everyone in your group did an equal share of work on the project?
- Please tell me which parts of the project each member contributed.
- How did you and your group work together?
- Was there a leader in the group?
- What role did you play in the group?
- What did you learn from working on this project either socially or academically?
- Do you learn when assigned a project like this? Why or Why not?
Math Facts and Fun: http://www.windham.k12.me.us/thirdgrd/math.htm
Math Quotations: http://math.furman.edu/~mwoodard/mquot.html
Math Forum: http://forum.swarthmore.edu
Website relevant to the History of Mathematics: http://www.math.twsu.edu/faculty/richardson/
Biographies of Women Mathematicians site is: http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm
History of Mathematics Timeline http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/mathhist/time.html
List of Possible Names to Research
- Agnesi, Maria
- al'Khwarizmi, Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa
- Banneker, Benjamin
- Banneker, Benjamin again
- Bolyai, Janos
- Carver, George Washington
- Carver, George Washington again
- Cavalieri, Bonaventura
- Drew, Charles Richard
- du Chatelet, Gabrielle Emilie
- Germain, Sophie
- Granville, Evelyn Boyd
- Hopper, Grace
- Hypatia again
- Just, Ernest
- Just, Ernest again
- Khayyam, Omar
- Kovalevsky, Sonya
- Kowa, Seki
- Latimer, Lewis Howard
- Lovelace, Ada Byron
- Lovelace, Ada Byron again
- Matzeliger, Jan Ernst
- Morgan, Garrett
- Noether, Emmy
- Nunez, Pedro
- Raman, Chandrasekhra Venkata
- Ramanujan, Srinivasa
- Russell, Bertrand
- Shih-Chieh, Chu
- Somerville, Mary Fairfax
- Taniyama, Yutaka
- Turing, Alan
- Woods, Granville T.
- Young, Grace Chisholm
- Each group member will fill out a peer evaluation form that allows each student to critique the effort and production of their peers.
- The teacher fills out an evaluation form on each student based on observations during class, comments from peers, research paper, and presentation.
- This final evaluation will determine the student grade.
TEACHER EVALUATION FORM
Cooperative Group Work
|* = 50 points|| + = 35 points ||- = 20 points|
|__|| Student worked well with the other members in his group|
|__||Student evaluation by his/her peers|
|__||Student did an equal share of the work produced|
|_____||TOTAL POINTS (150 possible)|
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