“Math by the Month” activities are designed to engage students to think as mathematicians do. Students may work on the activities individually or in small groups, or the whole class may use them as problems of the week. No solutions are suggested, so students look to themselves for mathematical justification and develop confidence to validate their work. Children are fascinated by the idea of finding hidden treasure. This month, the context of the mathematics problems is finding and creating different treasures. Students will use patterns, measurement, number sense, and logic to solve engaging problems that lead them to interesting and often unexpected answers.
Edited by Eunice Hendrix-Martin, email@example.com, who teaches third grade at Carrillo Elementary School in Carlsbad, CA 92009. Readers are encouraged to submit problems to the department editor to be considered for future “Math by the Month” columns. Receipt of problems will not be acknowledged; however, problems selected for publication will be credited to the author.