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Language Arts, Writing, Writing Process, Mathematics

Grade 5- 8


Students will use the Internet to make an in-depth study of the biographies of three mathematicians. Students will use the Internet to find out which mathematicians have the same birthday as they do.


  • This lesson can be integrated with applicable social studies lessons.
  • There are numerous Web pages about the history and people of mathematics. The student activity sheets list several good "jumping off" points for students to begin searching.
  • In-depth biographies can be found on some of the specialized Web pages instead of the broad historical pages.
  • For the regional research and biography sections, let students work in pairs or small groups.


  • computer with Internet access
  • poster board
  • copies of the activity pages (see the link below)

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