Investigations: Predictions and Probability

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  • 1 Teaches mathematics and mathematics education courses at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY 14222

The “Investigations” department features children's hands-on, minds-on mathematics explorations 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.


Sue McMillen also provides content-based professional development to in-service teachers.

Edited by Jodelle S. W. Magner,, who teach mathematics and mathematics education courses at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY 14222. “Investigations” highlights classroom-tested multilesson units 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 (NCTM). Readers are encouraged to submit manuscripts appropriate for this department by accessing Manuscripts must include no more than twelve double-spaced typed pages and two reproducible pages of activities.

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