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GPS: Growing Statistical Literacy

Natasha E. Gerstenschlager and Katherine Ariemma Marin

Growing Problem Solvers provides four original, related, classroom-ready mathematical tasks, one for each grade band. Together, these tasks illustrate the trajectory of learners’ growth as problem solvers across their years of school mathematics.

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Frustration: Analyzing a Card Game with Probability

Josephine Derrick, Joe Champion, and Ramey Uriarte

A new classroom-tested lesson was designed to engage students in the joy of mathematical inquiry through a game, while building number sense, understanding of uncertainty, statistical reasoning, and discourse skills.

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Five Reasons to Include Statistics in Algebra

Jasmine Sourwine

Textbooks and state standards typically have more content than can reasonably be covered for proficiency in most classrooms. Here is a project that gives students a crucial tool for making sense of today’s world.

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Sibling Longevity

Alisan Boes, Duane C. Boes, and Nichola Hillis

We explore the statistical likelihood of one, or more, siblings in a family of nine surviving to 100 years of age.

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Using CODAP to Grow Students’ Probabilistic Reasoning

Patrick Sullivan

Draw on two simulations to introduce compound events and help your class make connections between experimental and theoretical probabilities.

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GAISE II: Bringing Data into Classrooms

Anna Bargagliotti, Pip Arnold, and Christine Franklin

The authors introduce the Pre-K–12 Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education II (GAISE II): A Framework for Statistics and Data Science Education report.

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Yes, We CAtaN Understand Probability

Susanna Molitoris-Miller and Amy Hillen

This article presents ways to explore mathematical concepts using Catan, a popular board game. After a brief overview of game play, we explore considerations with many potential entry points for mathematical modeling, such as which resource is the best, which resources will be rare or plentiful, where to build, and risk assessment.

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Problems

Stephen Phelps

Edited by Anna F. DeJarnette

A monthly set of problems targets a variety of ability levels.

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Soccer for Real

Imani M. Goffney

Edited by Naima F. Goffney

My name is Naima Goffney, and I am an eleven-year-old seventh grader at Julius West Middle School. I am taking algebra 1 this year. I wanted to write the Math for Real because in math class I do not always think that what we are learning is related to the real world. At home, my mom shows me all the different ways I am mathematically smart, which makes me want to try harder in school during the “rougher” days. We can use math to know more about how to improve our skills and find the math we learn in school more interesting and more related to our real world as middle schoolers.

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Threatened to extinction

P. Reneé Hill-Cunningham

Hundreds of species of animals around the world are losing their habitats and food supplies, are facing extinction, or have been hunted or otherwise negatively influenced by humans. Students learn about some of these animals and explore multiple solution strategies as they solve this month's problems. 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.