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My Special Number
"My Special Number" is a major project in the first unit of the 6th grade Connected Math program. From the program website: My Special Number. Students choose a "special number" and use all they have learned in the unit to describe mathematical properties and realworld applications or occurrences of their numbers. Ben did this project; he chose 48 and wrote a whole essay in praise of 48.
Project #1: My special number
My special number is 48. I love that little eduphrase: 48 connects me to my world. I think he had help with that.
Found in an article entitled "The Delusions of Dennis W", by Susan Sarhady:
Joseph Sobran said, "In 100 years we have gone from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to teaching Remedial English in college." Well, just 25 years ago we taught long division in grade school and then work our way up to fractions, decimals, exponents and even statistics in junior high. Now we assign the “My Special Number Project” as part of the Connected Math curriculum in sixth grade. This sixweek project reads, “Many people have a number they find interesting. Choose a whole number between 10 and 100 that you especially like. In your journal, record your number, explain why you chose that number, list 3 or 4 mathematical things about your number, list three or four connections you can make between your number and your world.” Well, my special number is 3.14159. Somehow I doubt I’d get a very good grade for that. Vlorbik's My Special Number Essay My special number Brenda's Special Number Well, it's not my special number, but I hear that "three... is a magic number." Sorry, couldn't resist  I was raised on Schoolhouse Rock. Steve channels Feynman In honor of Dick Feynman, I have numerically modified one of his poems.
I 1der why. I 1der why. I chose this number because this assignment has 0 relationship to mathematics. In addition, this assignment has 0 pedagogical value, was worth precisely 0 time, and will have 0 impact on my grade.
Also, it's all round and stuff.
 CarolynJohnston  14 Sep 2005
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