Investigations: Ocean Quest

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  • 1 Pinellas County, Florida, the past three years at Campbell Park Elementary
  • 2 Lealman Avenue Elementary, St. Petersburg, Florida

This department features children's hands-on and minds-on explorations in mathematics and presents teachers with open-ended investigations to enhance mathematics instruction. These tasks invoke problem solving and reasoning, require communication skills, and connect various mathematical concepts and principles. The ideas presented here have been tested in classroom settings.


Christine Cullen is currently working on her master's degree with a mathematics-science emphasis. Along with other teachers at Campbell Park Elementary, she has developed an integrated curriculum with a marine science theme.

Joseph Gaymore is now a mathematics staff developer for Pinellas County Schools. His focus this year is on increasing the level of conversation about mathematics in the classroom so that all students can benefit.

Edited by Sue McMillen,, and Jodelle S. W. Magner,, who both teach mathematics and mathematics education classes at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York 14222. “Investigations” highlights classroom-tested multilesson unit activities that develop conceptual understanding of mathematics topics. This material can be reproduced by classroom teachers for use with their own students without requesting permission from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Readers are encouraged to submit manuscripts appropriate for this department by accessing Manuscripts are limited to a maximum of twelve double-spaced typed pages and two reproducible pages of activities.

Teaching Children Mathematics


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