This year's solutions to the October 2011 real-life investigation encourage students to apply what they know to a new problem scenario involving how to divide leftover holiday snacks into equal portions. Find the full-size activity sheet at, Back Issues.

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Edited by Drew Polly,, an assistant professor in the Department ofReading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Each month, this section of the Problem Solvers department discusses the classroom results of using problems presented in previous issues of Teaching Children Mathematics. Find detailed submission guidelines for all departments at

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