How Many Tickets?

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The How Many Tickets problem challenges students to consider the relationship between quantities in the problem and to use that understanding to arrive at a solution. These solutions are from the fifth-grade students in Walter Stark's class at PS 108q, the Captain Vincent G. Fowler School in South Ozone Park, New York.

Contributor Notes

Michael Flynn,, is the director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. He is also the author of Beyond Answers: Exploring Mathematical Practices with Young Children. He is currently exploring how robotics and coding influence young students' number sense and problem-solving skills.

Walter Stark,, teaches fifth-grade mathematics at the Captain Vincent G. Fowler School (PS 108q) in South Ozone Park, New York. He is interested in the thought process of students when solving word problems and the strategies used to solve problems.

Edited by Claire Riddell,, an assistant in research at the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) at Florida State University. Each month, this section of the department showcases classroom results of using problems presented in previous issues of Teaching Children Mathematics. Go to to find detailed submission guidelines for all departments.

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