This regular department of the journal 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. Perhaps thinking of the more than fifty national food days that are celebrated in the month of October has tickled your students' taste buds enough to work up an appetite with these word problems and learn about all the foods that our nation celebrates this month.
Travis A. Olson, an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, engages in research related to curriculum analysis and teacher knowledge, particularly with respect to the development of mathematical concepts (at various levels, K–16) and implications on students' opportunities to learn and teachers' opportunities to teach particular mathematics concepts.
Melfried Olson, an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Hawaii, works in curriculum research and development and is interested in children's thinking and reasoning and in the generation of questions that foster children's ability to share their knowledge.
Edited by Lisa Brooks, Lisa.Brooks@ucf.edu, a lecturer in the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida in Orlando; and Samantha Neff, Samantha_neff@scps.k12.fl.us, a K–grade 5 math coach at Highlands Elementary School in Winter Springs, Florida. Email problem collections for the editors to consider as future Math by the Month columns. Access http://www.nctm.org/WriteForTCM to see submission guidelines. Email creative solutions and adapted problems to firstname.lastname@example.org for potential publication, noting Readers Exchange in the subject line.