These activities develop pattern-seeking, prediction, and explanation. All the problems use Google™ maps (http://maps.google.com/) and some use little-known features of the tool. Before sharing these problems with your students, explore the site to become familiar with what the tool can do. Be careful, though–you may find yourself spending more time playing with its features than you had planned!
Thomas Hammond, Hammond@lehigh.edu, teaches instructional technology and social studies education courses at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Lanette R. Waddell, firstname.lastname@example.org, is a professor of practice at Lehigh University, where she specializes in mathematics education and professional development of in-service teachers.
Edited by Lynn Columba, email@example.com, who teaches in the Department of Education and Human Services at Lehigh University. E-mail problem collections to her to consider for future “math by the month” columns. See detailed submission guidelines at www.nctm.org/tcmdepartments. E-mail creative solutions and adapted problems to firstname.lastname@example.org for potential publication, noting “readers exchange” in the subject line.