This department features collections of short activities focused on a monthly theme. These articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation that includes at least four activities each for grade bands K–2, 3–4, and 5–6. This month's sports theme is designed around many mathematical strands, including problem solving, mathematical communication, geometry, and measurement.
Annette Ricks Leitze, email@example.com, is a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Ball State university in Muncie, Indiana. co-authors Pamela Cintas, Hickory elementary, Avon; Erica L. Granger, Deer run elementary, Indianapolis; Lisa knauff, parkview elementary, Valparaiso; David Ryan Lamb, Wes-pal elementary, Gaston; Jodi A. Morrow, key Learning community Magnet School, Indianapolis; and Heather Dockter wells, thomas Jefferson elementary, Valparaiso, are practicing teachers enrolled in a graduate problem-solving class at Ball State.
Edited by Christine D. Poulsen, firstname.lastname@example.org, and kimberly M. Lilienthal, email@example.com. Poulsen is a math grant coordinator for the placer county office of education (PCOE) and a project director for caMSp Math Grant SucceSS in Auburn, california. Lilienthal is a project director for caMSp rIMS and an academic math coach for rIMS for pcoe. E-mail problem collections for the editors 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 for potential publication, to firstname.lastname@example.org; note readers exchange as the subject line.