Parent Resources | |||||
Dear parents/caregivers Your child has been provided with a web address containing a number of Geometer’s Sketchpad activities designed to help develop understanding of important ideas in mathematics. With your support and encouragement it is hoped that she/he will enjoy regular use of these activities to support mathematical learning. In order to use these activities, you will need to have The Geometer's Sketchpad® installed. This software has been licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education for student take-home use and copies have been distributed to schools. Students can ask their Math teacher or librarian how to borrow a copy. You might like to take a moment to view the “Reading a Sketch tutorial” below, which requires QuickTime (available from the Installers tab above). Your role, in support of your child, is not to “teach the concept”; rather, it is to encourage students to explore, to explain their thinking, to justify their decisions, and to make sense of the mathematics. Research says that students need to grapple with ideas and learn from their own mistakes in order to develop deep understanding. Use of these activities at home provides a no-risk opportunity for students to take the time they need to explore the mathematics. Technology allows students to experiment, adjust, improve and confirm their understanding. |
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Outlines of Some of the Sketches: Integers |
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In order to help your student use the activities, you might like to view the “Reading a Sketch tutorial” VIDEO that describes some of the features to look for. If you would like more information about how to use The Geometer's
Sketchpad®, try: |
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A. The TriSkate Tutorials | TriSkate
Tutorial 1 TriSkate Tutorial 2 TriSkate Tutorial 3 TriSkate Activity |
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B. An Introductory Tutorial | TIPS Tutorial | ||||
C. QuickTime Tutorials | Ontario's
Atomic Learning website Ask the school for the login and password |
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For more related math activities visit the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives | |||||
(for help view the Using
the NVLM movie) |
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or launch the Sketchpad Virtual Manipulatives. |