Do you remember clever, energetic Speedy Gonzales, “the fastest mouse in all Mexico,” one of the animated characters in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoon series? This month our “math by the month” activities, reminiscent of the spirited Speedy, will have your students calling ¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! (colloquial Spanish for “Come on! Hurry up!”) as they ask for more problem-solving scenarios based on this month's racing theme.


Patricia O'Donnell taught ninth–grade science at Northampton Junior High School and taught methods of science courses while supervising tudent teaching at Kutztown University and working on her doctoral degree in education. Amanda Frick teaches second grade at Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

Edited by Lynn Columba, who teaches in the Department of Education and Human Services at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. E-mail problem collections to her at to consider for future “math by the month” columns. See detailed submission guidelines at E-mail creative solutions and adapted problems to for potential publication, noting “readers exchange” in the subject line.

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