Investigations: Rubber-Band Rockets

The purpose of the “Investigations” department is to provide mathematically rich and inviting contexts in which children and their teachers solve problems, communicate, and reason. Investigations encourage students to make connections among mathematical ideas, as well as connections with contexts outside of mathematics. As students collaborate, experiment, explore, collect data, research various sources, and engage in activities during the investigation, they will have opportunities to represent their mathematical ideas in multiple ways.


This section is designed for teachers who wish to give students new insights into familiar topics in grades K–6. This material can be reproduced by classroom teachers for use in their own classes without requesting permission from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Readers are encouraged to send manuscripts appropriate for this section to the editors.

Teaching Children Mathematics


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