This article describes how students in first, third, and firth grade worked on the traveling caterpillar task with Katie Hurckes; it includes an analysis of students' thinking. Each month, this section of the Problem Solvers department showcases students' in-depth thinking and discusses the classroom results of using problems presented in previous issues of Teaching Children Mathematics. Find detailed submission guidelines for all departments at http://www.nctm.org/WriteForTCM.
Katie Hurckes, email@example.com, is a first-grade teacher at Henry Puffer School in Downers Grove, Illinois. She recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in Mathematics Teaching from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She strives to instill a love of mathematics in her students and to see math beyond the textbook and classroom. She tweets as @khurckes and @MrsHurckesHP.
Sarah Bent, firstname.lastname@example.org, is the Assistant Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Prior to this work, she was a third- and fourth-grade teacher at New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield, Massachusetts. She tweets as @SarahBent86.
Edited by Michael Flynn, email@example.com, the Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College
Claire Riddell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 http://www.nctm.org/WriteForTCM to find detailed submission guidelines for all departments.