Math by the Month is a regular department of the journal, featuring 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. In the current issue, mathematics is visible where we least expect it. The use of mathematics gives us a more fruitful understanding of Earth, its animals, and scientific processes. We use math to forecast environmental changes, predict future events, and decide when intervention is necessary to protect the survival of species that are at risk.
Amanda Sibley, email@example.com, is a student at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University Polytechnic. She is studying to be an elementary school teacher. She enjoys writing hands-on lessons that integrate mathematics and science. Terri L. Kurz, firstname.lastname@example.org, teaches mathematics and mathematics methodology in the Teachers College at Arizona State University Polytechnic in Mesa. She enjoys using tools and technology to guide students.
Edited by Mark Amador, email@example.com, who teaches seventh-grade mathematics at Aventura City of Excellence School in Aventura, Florida. E-mail problem collections for the editor 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.