Math by the Month features collections of short activities focused on a monthly theme. These articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation that includes four activities each for grade bands K–2, 3–4, and 5–6. This month's article presents mathematics word problems for students focused around the theme of pets. Solving these problems can help students apply mathematical thinking to authentic problems related to an interesting topic.
Faiza Jamil is an assistant professor of Child Development at Clemson University and a former elementary school teacher. She is interested in the measurement of effective teaching and related professional development for teachers.
Edited by Lisa Brooks and Samantha Neff. Email problem collections for the editors to consider for future Math by the Month columns. Go to http:/www.nctm.org/WriteForTCM for submission guidelines. Email creative solutions and adapted problems to firstname.lastname@example.org for potential publication, noting Readers Exchange in the subject line.