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One of my favorite college courses as a math major was History of Math. Which completely shocked me!
I was surprised that I enjoyed it, because I have never liked history.
I realized that I loved taking a peek into all different areas of math. It's really fun to see how each new concept was discovered and developed.
Since then, I have always wanted to incorporate just a small pinch of math history into my classes.
The problem was always the time and effort to implement it.
I've finally pulled together a super quick and easy way to introduce the students to a bunch of mathematicians and take a quick look at their contributions without taking more than 5 minutes per week.
Then, at the end of each semester, your students can do the crossword puzzle to review all the mathematicians that were covered!
The crossword puzzles that include all the mathematicians would be a perfect handout for a substitute day towards the end of the semester, or as a change of pace before or after finals or winter break.
The kit for doing a weekly mathematician in your own classroom also includes artistic bulletin board squares like the ones shown above for all 38 mathematicians. You can print these to display like posters in your classroom or hang them to decorate your door.
Get those materials to cover all 38 mathematicians here.
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